Crime falls again

Crime has fallen in Jersey again with 2013 recording an almost 18% drop in recorded crime.
This follows a 12% reduction in 2011 and 4% in 2012, and equates to around 670 fewer victims of crime.
So the overall reduction in recorded crime over the last three years has fallen by a cumulative 34% - one third – or putting it another way, around 1000 fewer victims of crime.
Chief Officer Mike Bowron said: “To reduce crime by a third in three years is something that I, and my team, are immensely proud of. We are committed to keeping this island a safe and peaceful place to live in and will continue to do so.
“But policing isn’t just about crime levels, although that is one marker of the work we do, and one of my main aims in 2014 is to show the public some of our other responsibilities.”
For example in the first 11 months of 2013 officers responded to 468 missing person reports involving 103 individuals. Enquiries into each report can take hours, even days, of police staff and officers’ time, with each one being risk assessed to determine the appropriate level and direction of enquiries.
Other non-crime issues that police regularly attend are
• Sudden deaths - officers attend most deaths on the island whether suspicious or not as they have an investigatory duty on behalf of the Deputy Viscount who serves as the equivalent of a UK coroner.
• Concerns for welfare – the Police are very often the first point of contact for assistance in ensuring the welfare of persons about whom others have expressed concern, whether this be due to physical vulnerability, age, mental health issues or any of a wide range of factors.  Close working with other agencies is often undertaken in such cases. 
• Road safety – working hard on a daily basis with other agencies to maximise the safety of all road users, by conducting road checks and educating islanders of all aspects of road safety.
• Community engagement – working with Honorary Police colleagues and other parish representatives to remain on the front foot with regards to developing or emerging issues that affect our community. Working in schools to help young people with any arising problems, as well as being a contact point of who can help.
Mr Bowron said: “Policing is about many different types of activity, both broad and far reaching – and often unseen, in particular our intelligence-led preventative work, in short catching the criminals before they commit the crime. By working with the community we can all help to reduce crime even further and make our island even safer.”
In the coming weeks the Force’s Policing Plan will be published outlining the specific plans for the coming year.

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