The crime rate is the lowest since 1979 and in the last five years it has dropped 16%.
The actual number of crimes has also reduced. In 2008 when the population was 4,251,200, the number of recorded crimes was 426,690. In 2013 when the population was 4,452,600, it was 365,185. With 201,ooo more people, there were 61, 505 fewer crimes.
These figures will bring no joy to the thousands who were affected by crime.
But fewer crimes means fewer victims.
It means less time and money spent solving crimes and trying and punishing the perpetrators.
It means we are safer and therefore that we are freer.