Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has welcomed crime figures which show an 11% drop in crime across Greater Manchester.
The Home Office statistics released today cover the 12 months between October 2011 and September 2012.
Tony said: “The reason why crime is down is because of the partnership model of policing developed in recent years which involves the community working with the police. But the budget cuts we face make the job of fighting crime more and more challenging and I would like to thank GMP officers and staff for their continued commitment in making our streets safer in the face of reckless cuts.
“Although crime is dropping, the truth is that statistics are no comfort to victims who have to deal with the real consequences of crime. Crime is about real people, not numbers, which is why we need to make sure victims’ needs are at the centre of what we do.”
Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “The reduction in crime in Greater Manchester is greater than the national figure but there is no question that crime is still too high. We have seen a consistent reduction in the number of victims and we are particularly pleased to see the reduction in robbery. The police deal with a lot more than just crime however and have a growing responsibility for the protection of vulnerable people young and old.
“The last year has also seen an increase in the number of homicides in Greater Manchester, which has put great pressure on the force but all have resulted in charges now before the courts. The force is under strain but our staff are doing a great job in working with the public to fight crime.”