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Chief Inspector: Crime is down in Southend
7:00am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
A CHIEF inspector has insisted crime is down in Southend...despite shocking figures on a national police website.
The Echo revealed last week how police.uk website showed the town as having more violent crime than some major cities.
The figures showed there were 17.39 victims of violence per every 1,000 people between March 2011 and March 2012.
This compared with 13.88 in Birmingham - and 11.29 in Liverpool.
However Chief Insp Colwell said overall crime in Southend had, in fact, dropped steadily since 2007.
He said: “Violent crime is a wide category covering a multitude of offences such as harassment or a minor assault to the more rare incident of a serious assault.
At the end of the last reporting year Southend was 10th out of 15 when compared to similar areas and did see rises in this area around the summer period of 2011.
"Not surprisingly the busiest area is central Southend where we see a high density of residential properties, the night time economy and a large influx of visitors especially during the summer months.”
His own figures show there were 15,000 crimes in 2007 across the whole district - compared to 13,000 in 2012.
He also said Southend had 500 fewer crimes reported this year than at the same stage in 2011.
He added: “We daily check patterns of crime in the district in which determines where we patrol. “