Crime rate continues to fall, despite people's disbelief
POLICE have reassured residents of North East Lincolnshire that crime is continuing to fall.
New figures reveal that overall crime in the area fell by 13 per cent between April 1, 2008, and March 31, 2009.
Chief Insp Andy Oliver is pleased at the reduction in crime in North East Lincolnshire.
However, when released on www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk, the figures were met with disbelief.
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"Confidence in the Police is at an all time low, and I would estimate that something like 90 per cent of lesser offences are not reported, because we know they will not be dealt with in a worthwhile way."
And local resident Sceptic added: "How many of us are victims of crime but don't bother reporting it due to us feeling we won't even get a visit from an officer?
"A concern of mine now, is that if it is seen we have fewer crimes then there may be a move to attempt to reduce the number of real police officers we have now. A worry for all of us, I feel."
Chief Insp Andy Oliver, who heads up neighbourhood policing in the area, said that he believes most people do report crime.
"I go to a lot of public meetings and my understanding is that the vast majority of people report crimes that happen to them," he said.
"Some people may report crimes because they want a number for their insurance, others want us to do something and catch the person responsible, and others just want a visit from us.
"I think the idea that people don't report crime is an urban myth that is picked up by people and takes on a life of it's own."
However, he said that raising public satisfaction and confidence in the police is one of the force's top priorities.
A recent Government survey revealed that Humberside Police has one of the lowest approval ratings in the country, with only 39.2 per cent of people having faith in their ability to deal with crime.
The Government has now said the force must achieve a 50.7 per cent rating by 2011, and a 55.7 per cent rating by 2012.
Chief Insp Oliver added: "If we look at where we were five years ago, crime has reduced dramatically, but people still have a fear of crime, because they see it or read about it on a daily basis.
"There is nowhere near as much crime or anti-social behaviour as there was, but people don't feel that.
"Anti-social behaviour has reduced by almost 50 per cent, which makes the place feel and look better, and means that people will start to feel more confident."
One of the measures aimed at increasing public confidence is the introduction of the national Policing Pledge.
Chief Insp Oliver said: "The pledge gives us something to aspire to, and something we can aim towards, and if we don't do the things it says, then we will explain why."