Over­all crime down . . . but vi­o­lence is ris­ing

Macclesfield Express - - ELECTIONS 2015 -

PO­LICE are com­mend­ing a year-on-year drop in crime of four per­cent – one of the big­gest falls in the coun­try.

How­ever the fig­ures recorded by Cheshire Po­lice for the year end­ing De­cem­ber 2014 do show there has been a rise in drugs of­fences and vi­o­lent crimes.

Theft crimes in­clud­ing ve­hi­cle theft, shoplift­ing and bur­glary, fell by 10 per cent to 25,995, and the num­ber of rob­beries dropped by 11pc to 264.

Re­ports of crim­i­nal dam­age and ar­son also fell by 8pc to 8,583.

To­tal crime dur­ing 2014 was 52,984, com­pared to 55,330 in 2013.

How­ever, vi­o­lent of­fences went up by 6pc to 10,965 and drug of­fences were up 5pc to 2,734.

Of­fences in­volv­ing weapons rose by 5pc to 271 and there were 2,207 public or­der of­fences, a rise of 10pc. Sex­ual of­fences rose by 25pc to 1,115, which po­lice at­trib­uted to an in­crease in con­fi­dence from vic­tims to re­port the crimes.

John Dwyer, Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for Cheshire, said: “The con­stab­u­lary is per­form­ing well. We are do­ing more to tackle the crimes that the public tell me mat­ter to them most and that they wanted the po­lice to do more about.”

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