Crime in North Yorkshire down by 5%

Crime in North Yorkshire down by 5%

Crime in North Yorkshire down by 5%

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CRIME has fallen in North Yorkshire by five per cent in the last year, meaning the county remains among the safest in England.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics showing the number of reported crimes in the 12 months to the end of September 2013, revealed North Yorkshire is still the safest county in the region.

There were 34,363 reported crimes in the county in the 12 months to the end of September 2013, including 6,045 acts of violence, 665 sex offences, and 18,193 thefts.

According to the ONS, there were also 1,808 drug offences, 161 offences involving possession of a weapon and 5,745 acts of criminal damage and arson, and 359 acts of fraud.

Chief Constable Dave Jones, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “The reduction in crime in North Yorkshire is testament to the dedicated work of the policing teams and the strong community partnerships right across the county.

“We are very proud to be recognised as the safest place in England and, together with the Police and Crime Commissioner, I am fully committed to maintaining the fight against crime and increasing the safety and quality of life for residents.”

Figures released directly from North Yorkshire Police said reports of sexual offences had increased by 20 per cent to 135 crimes, and said this was due to improved reporting facilities, such as the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), giving victims greater confidence.

A spokesman said shoplifting had also increased by three per cent, which was still under the national average of four per cent, but was a trend “generally seen to reflect the economic downturn”.

The figures showed that North Yorkshire has the lowest murder, violence and sex offence rates of any force in Yorkshire and the Humber, and overall crime had dropped since figures released last July, which showed 35,301 reported crimes in the 12 months to that date.

Nationally, crime has fallen by ten per cent in England and Wales in the same period, and is now at the lowest level since records began 32 years ago.

However, police-recorded crime figures were last week stripped of an official “gold standard” mark by the UK Statistics Authority – the statistics watchdog – after it raised that information on crimes recorded by police forces around the country “may not be reliable”.

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9:16am Sat 25 Jan 14

ouseswimmer says...

A few years ago the Police were warning that cutbacks would result in more crime. If crime has fallen by 5% then Police numbers/expenditure should fall by 5% which would save council tax payers £50 each a year. So why haven't Police numbers fallen? Could it be because crime hasn't really fallen?
A few years ago the Police were warning that cutbacks would result in more crime. If crime has fallen by 5% then Police numbers/expenditure should fall by 5% which would save council tax payers £50 each a year. So why haven't Police numbers fallen? Could it be because crime hasn't really fallen? ouseswimmer
  • Score: 9

11:00am Sat 25 Jan 14

X5019c says...

Another day and another lie from the Office of National Propaganda.
Those of us that live on planet Earth know very well that instances of crime are not decreasing it's just more statistical manipulation.
Do they really think we will fall for this?
Another day and another lie from the Office of National Propaganda. Those of us that live on planet Earth know very well that instances of crime are not decreasing it's just more statistical manipulation. Do they really think we will fall for this? X5019c
  • Score: 9

11:11am Sat 25 Jan 14

Diogenes2 says...

X5019c wrote:
Another day and another lie from the Office of National Propaganda.
Those of us that live on planet Earth know very well that instances of crime are not decreasing it's just more statistical manipulation.
Do they really think we will fall for this?
Very well put, X5019c!
Crime is increasing in York especially. Just think of the intoxicating thugs on Friday and Saturday nights in the centre of York.
Then there is increase of crime in Copmanthorpe recently.
The fact is crime IS increasing: many people just do not want to report crime as nothing happens.
[quote][p][bold]X5019c[/bold] wrote: Another day and another lie from the Office of National Propaganda. Those of us that live on planet Earth know very well that instances of crime are not decreasing it's just more statistical manipulation. Do they really think we will fall for this?[/p][/quote]Very well put, X5019c! Crime is increasing in York especially. Just think of the intoxicating thugs on Friday and Saturday nights in the centre of York. Then there is increase of crime in Copmanthorpe recently. The fact is crime IS increasing: many people just do not want to report crime as nothing happens. Diogenes2
  • Score: 7

11:19am Sat 25 Jan 14

CHISSY1 says...

X5019c wrote:
Another day and another lie from the Office of National Propaganda.
Those of us that live on planet Earth know very well that instances of crime are not decreasing it's just more statistical manipulation.
Do they really think we will fall for this?
Exactly and idiot with a pencil and a rubber again juggling numbers.
[quote][p][bold]X5019c[/bold] wrote: Another day and another lie from the Office of National Propaganda. Those of us that live on planet Earth know very well that instances of crime are not decreasing it's just more statistical manipulation. Do they really think we will fall for this?[/p][/quote]Exactly and idiot with a pencil and a rubber again juggling numbers. CHISSY1
  • Score: -2

11:33am Sat 25 Jan 14

brummiebob says...

I reported a crime within 10 minutes of it happening and was told a police officer would be with me three days later!
I reported a crime within 10 minutes of it happening and was told a police officer would be with me three days later! brummiebob
  • Score: 4

12:05pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Sillybillies says...

As most of us are aware, and have been saying for years, crime is going up not down. Now it's more or less official. -
The Statistics Authority said the removal of the designation of national statistics would remain until the Office for National Statistics (ONS), working with the Home Office, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and others, was able to demonstrate that the quality of the underlying crime data was sufficient to meet the needs of users.

The allegations have included claims that the Metropolitan police have understated sexual offences by as much as 25%. MPs have heard allegations that fiddling techniques have included downgrading offences to less serious crimes or persuading victims not to make a complaint, while in some cases crimes were only recorded if they were solved. Other incidents were kept completely off the books if an offender could not be traced, they have been told.
As most of us are aware, and have been saying for years, crime is going up not down. Now it's more or less official. - [quote]The Statistics Authority said the removal of the designation of national statistics would remain until the Office for National Statistics (ONS), working with the Home Office, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and others, was able to demonstrate that the quality of the underlying crime data was sufficient to meet the needs of users. The allegations have included claims that the Metropolitan police have understated sexual offences by as much as 25%. MPs have heard allegations that fiddling techniques have included downgrading offences to less serious crimes or persuading victims not to make a complaint, while in some cases crimes were only recorded if they were solved. Other incidents were kept completely off the books if an offender could not be traced, they have been told.[/quote] Sillybillies
  • Score: 5

2:51pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Happy Chappie says...

Don't have to be a mathematician to work that out...5% or more less crime is being reported because nothing is done when crime is reported. Beats me what we are paying for. Malton & Norton have police station with less than shop hours, disgusting.
Don't have to be a mathematician to work that out...5% or more less crime is being reported because nothing is done when crime is reported. Beats me what we are paying for. Malton & Norton have police station with less than shop hours, disgusting. Happy Chappie
  • Score: 4

2:55pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Daisy75 says...

Diogenes2 wrote:
X5019c wrote:
Another day and another lie from the Office of National Propaganda.
Those of us that live on planet Earth know very well that instances of crime are not decreasing it's just more statistical manipulation.
Do they really think we will fall for this?
Very well put, X5019c!
Crime is increasing in York especially. Just think of the intoxicating thugs on Friday and Saturday nights in the centre of York.
Then there is increase of crime in Copmanthorpe recently.
The fact is crime IS increasing: many people just do not want to report crime as nothing happens.
Whilst I agree the Police are manipulating the figures, Diogenes' opinion is based on a fallacy. Just because you her there has been more crime in your area (I assume you live in Copmanthorpe because I've not heard about a crime wave there) does not mean this is reflected in crime figures across the county. It's like assuming there's a massive problem with neuroblastoma in children in York because of the cluster of unfortunate children who have been featured in the Press over the last couple of years. Crime figures do tend to follow the economic ups and downs, so it is not surprising they might drop as the economy recovers. I doubt the recent fall is entirely due to manipulation of the stats by the Police as they've been doing it for years.
[quote][p][bold]Diogenes2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]X5019c[/bold] wrote: Another day and another lie from the Office of National Propaganda. Those of us that live on planet Earth know very well that instances of crime are not decreasing it's just more statistical manipulation. Do they really think we will fall for this?[/p][/quote]Very well put, X5019c! Crime is increasing in York especially. Just think of the intoxicating thugs on Friday and Saturday nights in the centre of York. Then there is increase of crime in Copmanthorpe recently. The fact is crime IS increasing: many people just do not want to report crime as nothing happens.[/p][/quote]Whilst I agree the Police are manipulating the figures, Diogenes' opinion is based on a fallacy. Just because you her there has been more crime in your area (I assume you live in Copmanthorpe because I've not heard about a crime wave there) does not mean this is reflected in crime figures across the county. It's like assuming there's a massive problem with neuroblastoma in children in York because of the cluster of unfortunate children who have been featured in the Press over the last couple of years. Crime figures do tend to follow the economic ups and downs, so it is not surprising they might drop as the economy recovers. I doubt the recent fall is entirely due to manipulation of the stats by the Police as they've been doing it for years. Daisy75
  • Score: 0

2:56pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Daisy75 says...

It should be 'hear' not 'her'!
It should be 'hear' not 'her'! Daisy75
  • Score: -2

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