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Commenting on the crime statistics released by the Office of National Statistics today, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:

 “It is encouraging that there are fewer robbery, burglary and drug offences recorded in the West Midlands.

“We are taking great steps forward, but are not complacent as the changing face of crime means that we face new challenges each day.

“Due to improved recording rates and more people coming forward there has been a rise in violent crimes and sexual offences recorded. This has happened across the country.

 “To meet this growing demand West Midlands Police have increased the number of officers working specifically on public protection from 300 to 800 officers.

 “I am taking nothing for granted and will continue to work hard to make the West Midlands even safer.

 “The West Midlands remains a low crime area, which compares very favourably with other similar police forces.”

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