NEW figures have revealed violent crimes that left victims injured have fallen by more than 16 per cent in Staffordshire.
Staffordshire Police has revealed that in the past 12 months, violence with injury offences reduced across all areas, including East Staffordshire, with the number of crimes recorded in 2011-12 standing at 7,091.
This represents a 16.2 per cent decrease when compared to 8,465 crimes recorded in 2010 to 2011.
Statistics show that a quarter of injuries are caused by domestic violence.
Across Uttoxeter, figures appear to remain steady, with the crime mapping website showing 10 violent offences in February, nine in January, 15 in December last year, a month that always sees a rise due to Christmas and nine again in November. The rest of the year stayed between six and 13.
The force says it has a well-established policy of taking positive action to tackle this type of crime and works closely with local authorities and partner agencies, such as Women’s Aid and Arch, to tackle the underlying causes.
Assistant Chief Constable Julian Blazeby (pictured) said: “This is good news for the people of Staffordshire who can rest assured that we, together with our partners, are doing all we can to keep people safe, and make them feel safe.
“There’s no excuse for violence in the home, in our town centres or anywhere else for that matter.
“While the fall in the number of cases of violence with injury is to be welcomed, we will continue our drive to reduce it still further.
“We are working closely with our colleagues at local authorities and other partner agencies to clamp down on violence in all of its forms and make the communities we serve even safer.
“We want people to be safe and to feel safe when they are out enjoying themselves and we remain committed to tackling the things that matter most to the communities we serve.”
Staffordshire Police Authority chairman David Pearsall said: “These figures are extremely pleasing.
“Tackling violence in our town centres is a priority and we continue to work together with our partners to ensure that our towns are safe and enjoyable places to visit.”