Crime rates fall across county

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CRIME in Northumberland fell by more than ten per cent over the past year.

End-of-year figures released by Northumbria Police show that the number of crimes committed across the county dropped from 12,174 in 2010/11 to 10,898 in 2011/12.

This included decreases of more than 20 per cent for violent offences, criminal damage and racially and religiously motivated crime. Vehicle crime was down by 16 per cent.

There were rises in the number of drug offences, up 6.8 per cent, which was attributed to a more pro-active approach, and sexual offences, which increased by 10.3 per cent.

Forcewide, the detection rate stands at just over 43 per cent — the second highest in the country and the best among forces most similar to Northumbria.

Acting Chief Superintendent Dianne Winship, of Northumberland Area Command, said: “We have continued to drive down crime in Northumberland with an overall reduction across the county of more than ten per cent, which equates to 1,276 fewer victims of crime.

“More significantly, each sector within Northumberland has seen an overall drop in the number of crimes committed.

“This is a great achievement by not only our police officers and staff, but our partner organisations and the local communities we work closely with on a daily basis to ensure we are an area where people feel safe.”