Cleveland Police say that the rise in crime is also partly down to theft.
Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said:
– Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts, Cleveland Police
"There's an increase in shoplifting. It's not luxury goods."We've had people stealing a single tin of baked beans, which is reallysomething we haven't seen a lot of. It is clearly linked to recessionaryimpact, although there is no excuse for crime."