Crime in Ryedale remains down on last year despite a three-month blip mainly due to a spate of burglaries.
Figures from Inspector Andy Everitt, commander of Ryedale’s police force, reveal that overall reported crime from January to November 30 stood at 995 crimes compared to 1,003 in same period from 2012 - a one per cent decrease.
But there was a spike in September (plus 15 crimes), October (22), and November (28) in sharp contrast to April, May, June and July that all saw reductions against previous years.
“A spate of burglary dwellings in Norton (14 crimes) was the main reason for a rise in crime in October,” said Insp Everitt in a report to the county council’s Ryedale Area Committee. “The offender was caught and has received 18 months imprisonment following an early guilty plea, he admitted that he had a £150 per day crack cocaine habit. A team of burglars from South Yorkshire were also arrested in Norton following excellent vigilance from the community and they have also been charged with burglary. As a result of this blip, burglary dwelling totals 49 offences in Ryedale compared to 32 this time last year.”
The key challenge over the autumn months, he added, is tackling theft from isolated rural areas in northern Ryedale in villages above Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering.
Criminals from the Cleveland area are blamed for the theft of metal, be it farm machinery, gates “or anything metallic that is unsecured in the open air.”
Inspector Everitt said work is being carried out to target “travelling criminals” through Operation Hawk with the police campaign resulting in a number of arrests.
Insp Everitt added: “Not all is doom and gloom in Ryedale, in fact far from it. Violence against the person and in particular violence in the night time economy in our towns is down by a further 10 per cent against last year. Public order is also down by seven per cent. A rejuvenated Malton & Norton Pubwatch scheme is having a positive effect along with a robust stance on all licensing matters.”