Crime is falling across the North East but domestic and sexual violence continues to plague communities, a new report reveals.
Statistics released by Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird, shows crime in the past 12 months has dropped by nearly 20% in Sunderland with decreases also seen in the region’s five other local authority areas.
However a rise in domestic abuse in Newcastle and South Tyneside continues to be a worry for the force.
At a Police Performance Review meeting held at Winship Close Community Rooms in South Shields yesterday, Ms Baird said Sunderland’s drop in crime had been most impressive.
“High levels of crime have fallen in Sunderland. It is down 19% and it appears that less rowdiness in the city centre and drunkenness are the key things that have brought that very well down.”
“In Newcastle there were 1,739 fewer crimes. We still have an issue of incidents of domestic abuse and sexual offending.”
She said the recent rape of a woman on a night out in the city centre had galvanised police and community organisations to try to tackle this type of crime.
Ms Baird added: “In South Tyneside there have also been 360 fewer crimes. The work of their Community Safety Partnership and their neighbourhood warden scheme has been particularly impressive.
“We’re not resting on our laurels however. We’re going forward with the aims of the crime plan and reducing crime.
“It’s going to be harder and harder to get percentages down because we are dealing with smaller numbers in the first place. I don’t know if we will keep our percentages record up but we will keep the endeavour record up.”
In Newcastle total crime has gone down by 7.6% with 1,739 fewer offences however domestic abuse rose from 5,950 incidents in 2011/12 to 6,117 in the past twelve months.
In South Tyneside domestic abuse levels went from 3,416 reported crimes to 3,647 - an increase of 231.
In Northumberland there were 859 fewer offences crimes dropped from 10,835 to 9,976.
However incidences of anti-social behaviour, rustling animals, quad bike thefts and the use of illegal “red diesel” continue to be an issue.
We’re not resting on our laurels. We’re going forward with the aims of the crime plan