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North Yorkshire has joint lowest crime figures in country
8:32am Saturday 26th January 2013 in News
NORTH Yorkshire has the joint-lowest crime rate in England, new figures have shown, and crime has fallen by nine per cent in the last year.
A report from the Office of National Statistics showed 36,791 crimes were recorded in the region in the year ending September 2012, 3,500 fewer than the previous year.
The figures also showed violent and sexual offences had been reduced by eight and seven per cent respectively, and robbery had fallen by 32 per cent.
Public perception had also improved, with 65 per cent of people surveyed agreeing police and local councils were dealing with issues, up from 56.7 per cent and above the national average of 60 per cent.
North Yorkshire’s temporary Chief Constable, Tim Madgwick, called the figures very satisfying.
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “We know that being safe is only one side of the coin. The other is feeling safe.
“We will be more responsive, more visible and more accessible, so that our communities feel confident that we will always be there to protect them from harm.”