Crime rate falls in Plymouth thanks to Christmas, rain and robust policing
POLICE have hailed a recent drop in crime as the result of robust policing, but accept rain may have also played its part.
Chief Supt Chris Singer, commander of Plymouth police said that by comparison to this time last year there have been fewer incidents of crime, particularly violent crime.
He said: "In all we've had a 11 per cent reduction in all crime, and a 4 per cent reduction in violent crime.
"Between December 21 and December 24 last year we had eight drink driving offences and this year, in the same period, we had six.
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"Six is still six too many and it means the message is still not getting through to everyone.
"However, the really good news is the free soft drinks for designated drivers scheme which was launched earlier this month and the free bus on New Years' Eve. These kinds of schemes are absolutely first class in reducing the incidents of drink driving and means people really have no excuse to drink and drive.
"It is a good indication of responsible licensing in our city and is to be commended."
Chief Supt Singer said there were a "considerable number of officers" on patrol over last weekend to tackle the last of the pre-Christmas revellers who were out in Plymouth's clubland.
He said: "It was busy over the weekend, especially on Friday.
"I'm sure that the weather has played a part in pushing people indoors, but violence goes on indoors as well.
"It is good news to see we have had a reduction in violent crime and it means that we have had fewer victims of crime than we had last year.
"We are not complacent and we will continue to make sure that we attack the causes."