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Crime figures rise by 24% in the North East

Recorded crime rose by 24% in the North East. Credit: ITV News

Recorded crime in the North East rose by almost a quarter, according to figures released today, well above the national average.

The figures, from Crime Survey for England and Wales, shows that recorded crime for all offences - except fraud - rose by 24% in the North East between June 2016 and June 2017.

These are the combined findings of incidents recorded by the region's three police forces - Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland - and compare with a national average rise of 14%.

Here are some of the key findings for this region:

  • Incidents of violence rise by 36%
  • Stalking and harassment offences went up by 71%
  • Sexual offences went up by 24%
  • Robberies rose by 32%
  • Domestic burglaries went up by 27%
  • Bicycle thefts increased by 25%

Only two types of offences went down in the North East during this period.

  • Drug offences decreased by 15%
  • Non-domestic burglaries went down by 11%

It is believed, in part, that the rise can be attributed to improvements in crime recording processes.

In addition, some crime types, in particular those of a sexual nature, have seen increases in the numbers recorded.

This, it is believed, shows that victims have more confidence to come forward and report incidents.

“We have been involved in high-profile cases recently, such as Operation Sanctuary, and we have been particularly proactive in increasing confidence in the reporting of sexual offences.

“It is therefore very encouraging that more women and men have the confidence to report in particular high-harm offences to us, such as sexual and domestic abuse.

“When it comes to crime recording, Northumbria Police has made great strides forward.

“However, there is still work to be done and there is likely to be further increases in levels of recorded crime going forward as we strive to become as compliant as possible with crime recording standards.

“What is clear is that Northumbria remains one of the safest places to live in the country.

“We are proud to serve the people that live and work here and will continue to do so by putting victims first and protecting vulnerable people in our communities.”

– Winton Keenen, Acting Chief Constable, Northumbria Police