Latest crime statistics confirms North Yorkshire as second best performing force

Harrogate Police Station-The latest crime figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that North Yorkshire Police is still one of the safest places in the country.

Chief Constable Dave Jones welcomed the ‘encouraging’ figures which place North Yorkshire Police the second best performing force in England, but warned that there are challenging times ahead.



The statistics show that there were 34,462 crimes reported in North Yorkshire in 2013/14, which is a reduction of 0.1% from last year, and is a significant reduction from the 47,940 offences five years ago in 2009.

North Yorkshire Police is also effectively tackling anti-social behaviour with 2,803 fewer incidents than last year, representing an 8% decrease.

Since March 2009 there have been 19,113 less incidents of anti-social behaviour in North Yorkshire.

During the last financial year, burglary was reduced by 4% meaning there were 188 fewer victims than the previous year.

Vehicle crime was down by 9%, with 256 less victims and robbery figures showed a decrease of 2%.



There were 256 fewer victims of criminal damage, with figures showing a reduction of 5%.

 

 HomicideViolence with injuryViolence without injurySexual offencesRobberyDomestic burglaryNon-domestic burglaryTheft from the personBicycle theftShopliftingCriminal damage and arsonDrug offencesPossession of weapons offencesPublic order offencesMiscellaneous crime against society
Craven0 198 108 19 3 69 223 18 18 155 262 149 6 44 44
Hambleton1 263 192 61 5 153 264 34 41 194 539 132 20 100 36
Harrogate0 578 362 114 29 346 426 84 93 716 1,022 312 26 186 76
Richmondshire0 164 104 24 1 73 158 9 25 97 265 42 3 43 23
Ryedale0 172 98 30 1 47 176 9 22 73 223 58 8 37 19
Scarborough2 741 487 116 20 188 388 91 142 684 1,236 344 31 264 82
Selby0 343 267 62 8 194 253 34 63 168 513 254 22 131 50
York3 1,159 777 194 54 571 875 220 763 1,586 1,854 593 61 333 149
 6 3,618 2,395 620 121 1,641 2,763 499 1,167 3,673 5,914 1,884 177 1,138 479

The number of sexual offences reported increased by 14%, with 84 more victims coming forward than in the previous year. However, this rise can be put down to the greater confidence victims have in reporting incidents of this nature to the police, knowing that they will be believed and treated sensitively.

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), which provides support to victims of sexual crime without them having to speak directly to the police, has also contributed to the increase in reports of this nature.

There has also been an increase in public order offences (11%), which can be attributed to more proactive policing.

Chief Constable Dave Jones, of North Yorkshire Police, said: Once again the official figures show that, overall, North Yorkshire is one of the safest places in the country in which to live, work and visit, and we will keep working hard at North Yorkshire Police to make sure it stays that way.

These are encouraging statistics which mean that the people of North Yorkshire can have confidence in their police service, but we are far from complacent. There are some challenging issues to deal with in parts of our county, and we are forging close links with other local agencies to tackle these.

The Office of National Statistics figures are based on reported crime, and we know that some crimes – particularly sexual or domestic abuse and hate crime – does not always get reported. That is starting to change, but we still have more to do to give victims the confidence to come forward.

We are very aware of the challenges ahead, but today’s news is reflective of all the hard work of the officers, community support officers, volunteers and staff at North Yorkshire Police – as well as the many people from our partner agencies who help us to keep our communities safe everyday.


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