“LET’S see crime decreasing” writes Colin Vause (Mailbag February 2). Would he settle for a 9% reduction in total crimes reported to the police in one year? Including cuts of 17% in robbery, 16% in serious violence, 12% in car crime and 8% in domestic burglary? All of which are the official figures released 10 days ago, for England and Wales, for the year ending September, 2006.

Of course he won’t. I confidently predict his reply, in which he’ll refuse to believe the statistics, because we all know a victim (I’ve been burgled myself), and therefore “know” that crime is growing. As a result he will continue to feed the exaggerated fear of crime which is stunting too many people’s lives and no amount of evidence will ever change his mind.

David Griffiths