Crime rate lowest since 1976

Figures released today show that people living in Nottinghamshire are less likely to be a victim of crime than at any time in the past 35 years.

Nottinghamshire Police recorded a total of 77,421 crimes in the county and city between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012 – a reduction of almost 7,000 offences, or 8.1 per cent, compared with the previous 12 months.

In less than a decade, the total number of offences in Nottinghamshire has more than halved since over 160,000 crimes were recorded in 2002.

During that time, the overall crime rate has fallen from 156.8 crimes per 1,000 people in Nottinghamshire to 71.25 crimes per 1,000.

The last time the crime rate was so low was in 1976.