Crime down despite riots, say police


Police are claiming that there are 10,000 fewer victims of crime across the West Midlands so far this year. The 9% drop means that crime is back to the levels of 2009/10, they say.
Serious violence, burglary, vehicle crime and business crime have all seen a reduction, according to police figures. There were 2,000 fewer victims of vehicle crime (down 14 per cent) and a further 2,300 fewer victims of domestic burglary (down 24 per cent).
The police statement makes only a brief reference to the August riots in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, preferring instead to focus on progress in policing and detection rates.
Over 670 arrests have been made in connection with the riots.

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