Crime stats for North Yorkshire!
5:20pm 21st October 2010
The latest crime stats are out for England and Wales.
In the 12 months to June 2010 North Yorkshire recorded 41,849 crimes.
That's a 14% decrease from the same period the year before and ranks us the third lowest in England and Wales.
Cheif Constable Graham Maxwell says:
“I am extremely proud that North Yorkshire and the City of York continues to be one of the safest and low-crime areas of the country, and I aim to do everything within my power to keep it that way as we move forward into a very challenging financial period.”
It comes a day after the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review which set out 16% spending cuts over four years for police service, which is likely to be around 20% when all funding factors are taking into consideration in December.
The figures are based on crimes recorded by the police in the 12 months to June 2010 as well as interviews from the British Crime Survey.
During this period North Yorkshire Police recorded 41,849 crimes (a 14% decrease from the same period last year).
This is a crime rate of 53 crimes per 1,000 population, which is far below the national average of 77 and the third lowest in England and Wales, with only Dyfed Powys (43 crimes per 1,000 population) and Norfolk (51 crimes per 1,000 population) placed ahead.
The biggest crime decreases achieved in North Yorkshire:
1) Offences against vehicles (29% fewer)
2) Criminal damage (25% fewer).
This is reflected in the national reductions where offences against vehicles have decreased by 16% and criminal damage has decreased by 17%.
There was more welcome news for North Yorkshire Police in the British Crime Survey, particularly around the crucial area of anti-social behaviour.
1) North Yorkshire has the fourth lowest perceived level of anti-social behaviour (7.3%) in England and Wales. This is a 2.3% decrease compared with the same period the previous year and a 1% decrease since March 2010.
2) The county also has the fourth lowest perceived level of drug dealing or drug use, (16.7%), well below the national average of 25.9%. This is a decrease of 3.7% since last June and by 1.2% since March 2010.
3) Perceptions of drunk or rowdy behaviour as a problem is the sixth lowest sixth lowest (17.7%), again well below the national average of 23.7% and equates to a decrease of 1.5% compared with June 2009.
In terms of public confidence, 52.7% of residents believe North Yorkshire Police and local councils are dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour issues. This is a 2% increase compared with the March’s British Crime Survey results. This ranks the force 14th nationally and is above the national average (51.9%).
58.3% of residents that were surveyed agreed that North Yorkshire Police as a single organisation deals with local concerns. This places the force 12th nationally and above the national average of 56.2%.
Mr Maxwell said:
“The latest crime statistics demonstrate that North Yorkshire Police is delivering a very effective and valued service for our communities. The Safer Neighbourhood Teams, in partnership with the local authorities other key agencies, are working hard to enhance the quality of life in the towns and villages across the county.
“As most people are aware, the financial situation in the country means that public services such as the police and councils will have to make significant savings over the next four years. North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Police Authority are fully prepared to meet this challenge and will continue to provide the best possible policing service to keep our communities safe and secure.”
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