Spen crime down again

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It’s official – crime is down!

That’s according to figures released by the Spen Valley NPT this week, which show a reduction in the number of recorded crimes in the area.

The total number of recorded crimes by the NPT in the year ending March 31, 2013, was 3,146 – showing a reduction of 423 on the previous year.

There were also reductions in all major types of crime – with incidents of criminal damage down 74 to 507.

The number of recorded assaults in Spen has dropped to 208 from 231, while 98 vehicles were stolen – down from 111 in 2011/12.

There were 309 house burglaries – down from 319 in the previous year, while vehicle break-ins were down 65 to 393.

Insp Tim Holland from the Spen Valley NPT said: “They are obviously only small reductions, but they are another step in the right direction.

“They come on the back of reductions in previous years, so we are pleased that the trend is continuing, and that Spen is becoming safer.”

The figures echo reductions in crime for the Kirklees division as a whole, as division-wide figures show a reduction in recorded crimes in 2012/13 to just over 26,000, down by nearly 5,000.