Sex offences rise above national average
SEXUAL offences have soared in Merseyside, according to latest figures.
The Office of National Statistics has released crime statistics for forces around the UK.
According to the data for the year ending in December 2017, the number of sexual offences has increased by 27.7% in Merseyside. This is higher than the national average of 25%.
Overall crime had increased by 14.3% in the county, but this was less than the national average of 15.3%.
Similarly, violent crimes in Merseyside were found to have risen by 17% – lower than the national average of 20.5%.
In response to the findings, Merseyside police Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said: “We aim to provide our communities with a police service that puts them at the heart of everything we do, whilst using the resources we have to give the best possible service we can.
“We’ve looked at increased levels of recorded violent crime, and I would again like to reassure our communities that we don’t believe our streets are any less safe than other areas.
“Most of this increase can be attributed to incidents where, although violence has been used, it has resulted in either a minor injury or no injury at all. Additionally, public perception and confidence in reporting sexual offences has increased significantly in recent years.
“We welcome the fact that victims want to tell us what has happened to them and it’s only through them doing so that we can take action against offenders.”
Merseyside police and crime commissioner, Jane Kennedy, added: “[The] figures are further evidence of the need for increased investment in our police service and other agencies who help to reduce crime.
“The Government’s primary responsibility is to keep its citizens safe. Yet they continue to try and deliver this vital public service on the cheap.
“The Home Secretary has now finally acknowledged that police resources are stretched.
“It is time she took real action to reverse this situation and introduce more police officers instead of cutting their numbers in major urban areas like Merseyside.
“Merseyside police are doing the very best job they can with the resources they have.”
PCC Jane Kennedy, left, and Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes, above, are working to reduce crime