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Statistics show fall in Watford's crime
Crime in Watford has fallen during the last 12 months, but the town is still one of the county’s worst performing areas.
The latest statistics were discussed at the borough council’s community safety partnership task group meeting this evening.
Chief Inspector Nick Caveney revealed the “headline” crimes, which include vehicle crime, theft, violent crime and domestic burglary had dropped by a third in the past 12 months.
However, the town was Hertfordshire’s worst performing area in theft from person, religious/racial hate crime, alcohol related crime, and anti-social behaviour.
In fact, other than “deliberate fire”, Watford did not appear in the county’s top five best performing areas for any crime.
Councillor Asif Khan asked: “If you look at the statistics Watford is the most violent crime riddled town in the county, what puts us at the bottom of the league tables?”
Chief inspector Caveney said: “This is just a snapshot of data; actually we are in a very, very strong position.
“Out serious acquisitive crime, which includes robbery, burglary, and theft of vehicle, has the best reduction across the county for the year to date.
“Our night time economy is slightly different to anywhere in the county and that is probably where the volume difference comes.
“It’s important to recognise that while we do measure ourselves against other areas, they have slight differences.”