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Reported crime falls, report finds

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Figures for 2010 indicated a 3% decline in the number of crimes to 9.5 million, compared with the previous year.

According to the statistics released by BCS, there was an increase of 14% in the number of burglaries, while bicycle thefts shot up by 12%.

However, there was a 7% drop in the number of domestic and other burglaries reported to police during the year.

Two ways of measuring crime are used, which sometimes lead to contradictory results. The first is crimes actually recorded by the police, while the second relies on data from the BCS, which uses interviews with people about their experiences.

Despite the drop, such incidents underscore the importance of having a home insurance policy in place.

According to the British Crime Survey, overall levels of household, violent and personal crimes also remained steady. Meanwhile, the risk of falling victim to crime remained at 21.4%.

Police recorded a 17% fall in criminal damage and a 12% drop in vehicle crime, the report added.

The continued fall in crime comes ahead of next month's local elections and seemed to allay fears that acquisitive crime may be fuelled by the recession.

The BCS figures, based on interviews with tens of thousands of people, showed the proportion of adults with a high level of worry about burglary, car crime and violent crime remained the same in 2010 at 10%, 10% and 13% respectively.

Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Nick Herbert said: "While reductions in crime are welcome, there is clearly no room for complacency.

"The public rightly remain concerned about levels of crime and particularly antisocial behaviour, and we are determined to ensure that the police have the right powers to do the job.

"We have also commissioned an independent review of crime statistics which will report in due course."

© Press Association 2011