Overall crime down . . . but violence is rising
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.”