Violent crime soars as other offences fall
VIOLENT crime has risen by almost 20 per cent, according to new police figures.
There were 12,611 violent offences across the county between September 2014 and 2015, compared to 10,383 for the previous year.
This includes 5,801 crimes where the victim suffered injury – a rise of 14pc compared to the previous 12-month period.
However, overall crime levels continue to fall, with a one per cent reduction to 52,841 offences.
Cheshire Police says it recorded the fifth largest reduction in crime across all the forces in England and Wales – and is only one of two forces in the North West to see a fall in figures.
This includes the biggest reduction in recorded burglary offences in England and Wales, which was down 19pc.
There have been further significant falls in ‘acquisitive crimes’ - vehicle offences were down 17pc, theft 12pc, robbery 5pc, drug offences 3pc and criminal damage 2pc.
There was also a steep rise in the number of people caught with an weapon, up 18pc to 308 offences, and public order crimes were up 19pc to 2,551.
Police also revealed a large spike in the number of sexual offences, up 29pc to 1,317, which the force claims is due to victims’ increasing confidence in reporting these types of crimes.
Assistant Chief Constable Guy Hindle said: “It is important to remember that this figure includes all types of violent crime – whether it results in injury or not. This covers everything from a lowerlevel assault to the most serious violence.
“Violent crime has been on the increase nationally for a number of years albeit Cheshire has seen a smaller increase. There are a number of reasons for this – includ- ing an indication that more people are confident in reporting a crime and making it easier for victims to report crime to the police. This seems to be particularly true in respect of domestic abuse, a priority for us.
“It is important to remember that crime in Cheshire remains at its lowest for 25 years and Cheshire is still one of the safest places to live in the country. I want to reassure Cheshire residents that we are committed to tackling all forms of violent crime − whether they result in injury or not. Violent crime is not acceptable in any form, whether that takes place in the home or on the streets.”
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