North East crime falls for 22nd year in a row

Northumbria Police claims crime in the region has fallen for the 22nd year in a row

Vera Baird and Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim
Vera Baird and Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim

Home Office figures show a show a 3% reduction in overall crime in the 12 months to June 2013 – as many as 2,000 fewer victims compared to the year before.

But the statistics also show that while the force is the second best in the country for catching crooks, there is still an almost 6 in 10 chance of getting away scot free.

“There is no doubt that the more we cut crime the greater the challenge becomes to drive it down further each year,” said chief constable Sue Sim.

“It is a credit to all our officers and staff and our partners that we have continued to achieve this success in such testing circumstances and I want to thank them for their efforts.

“One of the areas where we will continue to focus is violent crime. We are aware that over half of all violent behaviour involves alcohol and that is why we are intervening earlier in the night time economy, making arrests before situations escalate.

“Among the categories to see the largest fall instances of anti social behaviour incidents have dropped by 11%, one of the key issues communities say impacts on their lives.

While Northumbria continues to have a lower crime rate than many other forces in England and Wales and is significantly lower than forces with similar geographic, demographic and social and economic situations.

According to the figures the force’s victim satisfaction remains the highest in the country with over 91% of people satisfied with the overall service they receive, though detection rates are just 44%, the second highest in England and Wales.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, welcomed the results but said that crime figures were only one part of the equation.

“Our region is facing tough socio- economic challenges but I’m determined that people will continue to feel safe in their communities, and that the police respond to local issues,” she said.

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