Overall crime down in Sutton - but reports of rape and hate crime go up

Sutton Guardian: Sutton Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Guy Ferguson Sutton Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Guy Ferguson

Reported crime has fallen by seven per cent in the last year in Sutton, according to newly released figures from Scotland Yard.

The Met's latest figures for Sutton show there were 808 fewer crimes reported for the year between April 2013 and March 2014 - a drop of 7.2 per cent.

The largest reductions are in gun crime, robbery and vehicle crime, which were all down by more than 10 per cent. Burglaries are down by five per cent and violence against the person is down by one per cent.

However there were increases in rape, which is up by 42 per cent, domestic abuse, which is up by two per cent, and religious hate crime, up seven per cent - although police have described these increases as "encouraging" as they are in areas of crime that are traditionally poorly reported and show an increase in people going to police about them.

Sutton Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Guy Ferguson said: "The fact that overall crime has come down is clearly good news for everyone in Sutton.

"I'm particularly pleased with the reductions that we've seen in robbery, burglary and motor vehicle crime and the challenge now will be to maintain and build upon this success.

"We have a responsibility to encourage victims of under-reported crimes to report offences - and a rise in rape, domestic abuse and hate crime offences suggest that more victims are having the confidence to come and report these serious crimes to us, which can only be a good thing.

"We have the highest figures in London for victim satisfaction and enjoy some of the highest figures in the Met for confidence in policing. We also have the highest conviction rates at court for domestic abuse.

"Sutton is a low crime borough and one of the safest boroughs in London. We want to make Sutton even safer - and we know that the help of residents will continue to be crucial."

It is the ninth year in a row that the overall crime figure has fallen in Sutton.

Detective Chief Inspector Jane Corrigan said a long-running campaign to encourage people to keep any gold they own safely has helped.


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