Sex of­fences in­crease by al­most half

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

Crime in Kent has soared com­pared with the rest of the coun­try, with sex of­fences up by al­most half.

Na­tion­ally, crime has fallen by 10% on av­er­age, but Kent bucked the trend with an 8% in­crease last Septem­ber, not in­clud­ing fraud, against the pre­vi­ous year.

The data, pub­lished by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics, re­veal there were 1,921 re­ported sex­ual of­fences, up by 49% on the same pe­riod in 2012.

Vi­o­lent at­tacks have also gone up dra­mat­i­cally to 21,580, with 19% more in­ci­dents re­ported.

Bur­glary has also shot up, with 14% more break-ins recorded, but the num­ber of frauds re­ported has fallen from 937 to just 75.

Na­tion­ally, Kent has the high­est in­crease in to­tal crime, but it is thought this may be down to ac­tion taken to tackle al­le­ga­tions of un­der-record­ing of crime.

Chief Con­sta­ble of Kent Alan Pugh­s­ley said: “Vi­o­lent crime, bur­glary and theft re­main pri­or­i­ties for us, and we have fo­cused on th­ese ar­eas in the past year, with weeks and days of ac­tion tar­get­ing those car­ry­ing out th­ese of­fences.

“Re­cent im­prove­ments in the way crime is recorded in Kent, fol­low­ing the HMIC in­spec­tion ear­lier this year, has seen a more vig­or­ous record­ing of of­fences, par­tic­u­larly af­fect­ing vi­o­lence and sex­ual of­fences.” Kent Po­lice now records 96% of crimes ac­cu­rately ac­cord­ing to Home Of­fice rules.

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