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Violent crime on the rise as other crimes drop in Watford
Watford has seen a drop in crime during the first half of the financial year, although violent crime in the town is on the rise.
Between April and October there have been 479 fewer crimes, a drop of 12.15 per cent.
There has been a similar drop in Three Rivers where crime is down by 17.97 percent, with 309 fewer crimes.
However in Watford, the number of violent crimes has risen compared to last year’s figures in both the first and second quarters.
The peak month was August, which saw 78 violent crimes reported in the town.
Nick Caveney, chief inspector for Watford, said: "The current statistics do recognise a rise in violent crime across Watford.
"Violent crime is a category which encompasses a wide range of crime types from minor public order offences to serious assaults.
"The rise is spread across the whole borough and includes a slight rise in the town centre, and we are looking in to the causes.
"We are addressing these issues with our partners in the Community Safety Partnership and work is on-going to tackle this."
Chief Inspector Caveney said the constabulary would closely monitor the town centre at peak times, ensuring resources were in place to deter voilence and deal with it quickly if they did.
He added: "It is important to note that this is a small rise and that on the whole, Watford is seeing a vast reduction in all crime, with incidents such as burglary, anti-social behaviour and vehicle crime falling across the board."
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