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Wiltshire is the safest place in the country for violent crime new survey reveals

 The latest British Crime Survey results issued by the Home Office has revealed that Wiltshire police are the top force in England for tackling violent crime.

The quarterly statistics state that nationally, in the 12 month period up to September 2011, crime has decreased by four per cent while, in Wiltshire, the equivalent figure for the same period is a reduction of 22 per cent in reports of violence against the person.

This makes Wiltshire the most successful force in England in this area.  They also come top for reported drug offences and 5th for criminal damage and burglary.

Several successful operations have contributed to this reduction by tackling prolific offenders, enabling officers to concentrate on the problem hotspots.

Operation Drink took place in Swindon town centre ensuring extra patrols on Friday and Saturday nights and raising awareness with the public as to the consequences of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

Wiltshire police are also part of a Domestic Violence Prevention Order pilot scheme, which gives offenders a 28 day cooling off period away from their families to prevent further abuse being committed.

In addition, Operation Diffuse, which took place in the summer, tackled violent crime and drugs making 14 successful arrests, impacting on prolific offender’s criminal activity.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Veale (pictured) told Marlborough News Online: “Today’s crime survey reveals that we are one of the safest counties in the country and we continue to work towards keeping people as safe as possible.”

“We work closely with all of our partners who continue to play a huge part in our success.  Our priorities are clear.  We have to be more visible and more engaging – not less.”

“We need to be there at the critical times when people need us the most, targeting prolific offenders, violence hotspots and the night time economy.”

 “Our aims are to give the best service we can to victims of crime and we continue to be committed to making Wiltshire the safest county in the country.”

Chris Hoare, who is chairman of Wiltshire Police Authority, added: “The British Crime Survey shows that by being the best in England, Wiltshire policing is performing very well in protecting the people of Wiltshire and Swindon from violent crime.”

“This type of crime is one of the most damaging for our communities and it is crucial that Wiltshire Police maintain their success in this field.  This will only be possible through the continued close engagement and cooperation with our communities and our partners.”

“Offending cannot be tackled by the police alone and the encouraging results for Wiltshire shown in the latest British Crime Survey have only been made possible through the active support of our public and our many partner organisations”

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