Crime rates in North East are falling

The North East remains one of the safest places to live in the country, according to new figures which show crime is falling.

Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 10:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th October 2019, 7:44 am
Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness with Chief Constable Winton Keenen 
Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness with Chief Constable Winton Keenen 

Crime figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show crime in Northumbria has reduced in the last 12 months.

Burglaries, thefts and criminal damage have seen an overall reduction of one per cent.

This bucks the national trend that has seen an average increase of four per cent in crimes recorded by police forces.

The statistics also reveal that residents in Northumbria are at the lowest risk of falling victim to personal crime compared to residents across the entire country. The risk of residents falling victim to household crime, such as burglary, is also the fourth lowest of all force areas.

Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “These figures are testament to the hard work of police officers, staff and volunteers across the force.

“We have been steadfast in our determination to provide the very best service we can in safeguarding vulnerable victims and in the fight against crime.

“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the much-valued support we receive from the public and a variety of agencies and charities – all building on the strong sense of community for which the North East is renowned.”

The figures do show some increases in knife crime and violence against a person which are consistent with rises across the country.

Chief Constable Keenen said: “It is important to recognise that levels of violent crime remain low compared to other parts of the UK but we are far from complacent.

“There can never be a good reason for someone to go out with a knife or any form of weapon and we are committed to tackling such issues robustly.

“I would ask that the public continue to work with us and report concerns so we can take positive action.

“Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has also established a Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) to tackle the root causes of the issues associated with this type of crime and we are fully committed to working with this programme.”