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County’s crime rates lowest in England

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Figures released by the government show that North Yorkshire now has the lowest crime rate in the whole of England.

In the 12 months up to 31 December 2013, the Office of National Statistics report shows that crime reduced by 2.2 per cent across North Yorkshire and the City of York.

As a result, there were 769 fewer victims of crime compared to the previous 12 months, with a total of 34,472 crimes.

Chief Constable Dave Jones, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “I am satisfied with the latest crime figures which demonstrate that the plans we have in place are working effectively, building on the success of recent years.

“They reflect the hard work, dedication and commitment which our officers, staff and community partners display on a daily basis.”

Domestic burglaries in the county were reduced by 5 per cent, there was a 2 per cent drop in theft and incidents of criminal damage fell by 8 per cent.

The number of people being injured as a result of violence decreased by 3 per cent, while a 10 per cent reduction in offences against motor vehicles was also recorded.

The number of robberies and sexual offences actually increased by 6 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

North Yorkshire Police believe that the rise in sexual offences can be attributed to the number of historical cases dealt with by Operation Yewtree as well as the opening of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre in York.

Chief Constable Jones was keen to stress that his officers would continue to maintain their effort.

He added: ““I would like to reassure residents across North Yorkshire that we are not complacent. North Yorkshire Police will continue to make sure that our communities remain the safest places to live and work in the country.

“As we have already achieved a significant reduction in crime in recent years, reducing it further poses a constant challenge.

“However, this is something which we have prepared for and have put plans in place to continue to suppress the impact of and maintain the fight against crime.”

“We are determined to maintain the pressure on criminals so residents can not only be safe but also feel safe.”

 

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