Figures show 5.3 per cent drop in crime across Humberside region as crime commissioner prepares for your questions in online debate
THE new Police Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove is over a month into his £75,000-a-year post.
And on Thursday, he will be at the Grimsby Telegraph taking part in an Editor's Online Debate to explain his priorities for Humberside Police to the residents of North East Lincolnshire.
Anyone can visit www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk from 1pm and follow the link to pose questions – no matter how probing – to Mr Grove.
He has inherited a reduction in crime which senior officers said was the best year for the division.
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Between 2011 and 2012, all crime reduced by 8.6 per cent in North East Lincolnshire, which equates to 1,428 fewer offences. Humberside Police as a whole experienced a 5.3 per cent drop in crime overall.
There was an overall reduction in serious acquisitive crime – robbery, burglary and theft of and from motor vehicles – of 11.2 per cent.
That is nearly 300 less victims, said officers.
And violent crime had a drop of nearly seven per cent, which equates to more than 100 fewer victims.
Among young people particularly there has been a significant reduction in crime levels and antisocial behaviour.
The latest figures show a 44 per cent drop overall, compared to five years ago.
There has also been a 33 per cent drop in young people who become victims of crime and a 60 per cent reduction in youth-related antisocial behaviour, thanks to diversionary activities such as football academies and the Get Hooked On Positive Activities initiative – which includes fishing, street dance sessions and youth club activities.
The Grimsby Telegraph has been out and about asking residents what they think about crime and policing in North East Lincolnshire.
Pose your questions to Mr Grove, and tell him what your priorities are as a resident of North East Lincolnshire, by getting involved in Thursday's debate, online at www.thisis grimsby.co.uk from 1pm.