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Recorded crime in North Yorkshire - Stats revealed.


12:13pm 20th January 2011

Crime continues to fall across North Yorkshire and the City of York, with the latest national figures showing a 10% decrease from the previous year.

Local residents have also expressed a high level of satisfaction in the service delivered by North Yorkshire Police.
This was confirmed in the latest Home Office statistics for Crime in England and Wales, along with the results from the British Crime Survey.

For the 12 months to end of September 2010 in comparison to the same period in 2009, North Yorkshire Police recorded:

* a 25% reduction in vehicle crime (3,680 crimes)

* a 22% reduction in criminal damage (7,957 crimes)

* an 8% reduction in drug offences (1,837 crimes)

* a 6% reduction in burglary (5,660 crimes)

The figures show that robbery (230 crimes) had increased by 5%, which equates to 11 more offences. Sexual offences (573 crimes) also increased by 4%, but this takes into consideration a significant number of “historical” offences which were reported months and even years after the incident.

Data from the British Crime Survey, which is an independent and greatly respected national measure of crime and anti-social behaviour, is also very positive.

Confidence in North Yorkshire Police and local councils to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour has risen to 54.4% from 51% in March 2010. This places the force in the top 10 in England and Wales and first in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Only 7.9% of people surveyed perceived a high level of anti-social behaviour, which again places the force in the top 10 (8th) nationally and the lowest in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

For perceptions of drunk or rowdy behaviour, 18.3% of people thought it was an issue in their community in comparison with the national average of 23.6%. This is the 9th lowest in England and Wales and the lowest in the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell said:

“The latest crime figures reflect the continued hard work and determination of North Yorkshire Police and partner agencies to keep our communities safe and secure.

“Our intelligence and demand-led approach to policing is working extremely well. We are able to target resources in the right place at the right time. This enables us to tackle instances of crime and anti-social behaviour head-on and bring offenders to justice quickly.”

Mr Maxwell praised local residents for their “outstanding” contribution to Safer Neighbourhoods policing.

Chief Constable Grahame Maxwel continued:

“Direct support from the very people we serve is absolutely crucial to effective neighbourhood policing. I never fail to be impressed by the passion and care shown in our communities to reducing crime and disorder. This covers everything from engaging with Safer Neighbourhood Team officers to highlight concerns and issues, to assisting investigations by passing on information to the police or anonymously to  Crimestoppers.

“This outstanding contribution is truly valued and I want to express my sincere thanks on behalf of everyone at North Yorkshire Police.”

Despite significant Government funding cuts to police forces - in the next two years North Yorkshire Police will have to find savings of between £9m and £11m, and the funding gap by 2014/15 is estimated to be more than £19m – the Chief Constable pledged to protect front-line services.

Mr Maxwell said:

“The commitment to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in North Yorkshire and the City of York will not be diminished as a result of these funding cuts.

“I am overseeing a major restructure of the organisation which will both balance the budget and protect as far as we can what our communities tell us they want most of all, namely front-line, visible policing.”

Chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority Jane Kenyon said:
"The latest recorded crime figures are very encouraging. They have been showing for some time that the policing area is one of the safest in the country to live or visit and these figures confirm that North Yorkshire Police, working with our partners in local government and beyond, is maintaining that performance. Crime has fallen significantly in this area over the last 5 years and continues to do so.

"We are working with the Chief Constable and his team on next year's targets in the policing plan, and will ensure that continued reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour will be a priority for North Yorkshire Police over the coming year." 

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