Police welcome region’s falling crime figures

REGIONAL crime levels continue to fall in the latest Government statistics.

Almost all categories of crime have fallen in the Northumbria force in the 12 months to September 2011.

And from interviews with the public, 68 per cent said the force was acting on their concerns – the second highest score in the country.

Overall, there was a nine per cent drop in crime, with violence against the person down 15 per cent, burglary dropping by six per cent, sexual offences and robbery down three per cent each, vehicle offences falling by 10 per cent, criminal damage by 20 per cent and fraud by 13 per cent.

Drug crime was up eight per cent and theft rose by one per cent.

There has been an improvement in Northumbria’s crime detection rate, which stands at 43 per cent compared to 41 per cent the previous year.

The data has come from Home Office information on crime levels in England and Wales, as well as the British Crime Survey.

Northumbria Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “I welcome these results, which show that our enviable record in reducing crime continues and I firmly believe that neighbourhood policing is at the heart of this success.

“This means having neighbourhood officers and community support officers out and about in our communities. They are known in their communities, understand their concerns and are easily accessible for people to talk to. They work alongside local people and our partners to deal with those issues of most concern to the community.

“Our commitment to listening to the people we serve is reflected in their confidence in us and we will continue to make seeking their views a priority.”