Stalk­ing, ar­son and rob­bery on the rise

But fig­ures show North York­shire is low­est in the coun­try

The Scarborough News - - NEWS - by Poppy Kennedy poppy.kennedy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @Re­porterPoppy

‘We are not sat­is­fied and we will not be­come com­pla­cent’

North York­shire re­mains the low­est crime area in Eng­land de­spite a 7% in­crease in recorded crime.

Sta­tis­tics pub­lished last week show a to­tal of 39,077 crimes were re­ported in North York­shire be­tween April 2017 and March 2018.

This is a rise of 7% com­pared to the pre­vi­ous 12-month pe­riod giv­ing the area a crime rate of 47.9 per 1,000 of the pop­u­la­tion. It is the low­est crime rate in Eng­land with the av­er­age stand­ing at 83.5, ac­cord­ing to the re­port pub­lished by the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics.

This 7% lo­cal in­crease in crime is be­low the 13% na­tional av­er­age in­crease.

Drug of­fences, theft from a per­son and bi­cy­cle thefts have all dropped while the num­ber of bur­glary, rob­bery, crim­i­nal dam­age and ar­son of­fences in­creased.

The of­fences which have risen the most in­clude:

•Vi­o­lence with­out in­jury which is up 20% to 4,495

•Ve­hi­cle of­fences is up 17% to 2,443

•Har­rass­ment and stalk­ing has in­creased by 14% to 1,418

•Shoplift­ing has risen by 14% to 4,699.

Sex­ual of­fences are also up by 10% but North York­shire Po­lice say this is a re­sult of con­fi­dence vic­tims have in the force – par­tic­u­larly those mak­ing his­tor­i­cal com­plaints in the wake of high pro­file cases. Gun and knife pos­ses­sion of­fences in North York­shire rose by 14 to 174 in­ci­dents. Tem­po­rary Chief Constable Lisa Win­ward said: “This re­flects the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion of ev­ery­one con­nected to North York­shire Po­lice, the ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship work­ing with our lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and other com­mu­nity groups, and the vi­tal sup­port from lo­cal res­i­dents.

“While the 7% in­crease in crime in our area is lower than the 13% in­crease na­tion­ally, we are not sat­is­fied and we will not be­come com­pla­cent.”

In March, there were the equiv­a­lent of 1,350 full-time of­fi­cers in North York­shire – a drop of 28 on March 2017.

The fig­ures also show that less time was be­ing spent on front­line polic­ing – 1,163 of­fi­cers were avail­able for front­line du­ties in March this year, down 68 from 2017.

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