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Minister urges against complacency as crime figures fall again

There's been another significant decrease in the level of recorded crime on the Island.

That's according to latest figures from the Department of Home Affairs.

A total of 2,110 crimes were recorded for the 12 months from 1 April 2013 representing a 17.6% drop against the average for the past three years.

Already at a 35 year low, recorded crime in the Island fell by a further 4.2% over the year with reductions across many categories.

The end-of-year crime performance statistics are highlighted in the Chief Constable’s Annual Report for 2013-14, which will be laid before the July sitting of Tynwald.

Overall, they represent a 60% decrease in crime since the turn of the century.

Whilst welcoming the figures, Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson sounds a note of caution. He says early indications are that the historically low crime figures have bottomed out and may start to rise in the future.

Mr Watterson adds crimes such as burglary and theft, are where increases are most likely and is urging members of the public to guard against complacency by helping to ensure that opportunistic crime, which is easily preventable, is kept to a minimum


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