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North Yorkshire Safest County Despite Rise In Crime

North Yorkshire Safest County Despite Rise In Crime

Published by Karen Liu at 7:01am 20th October 2019.

North Yorkshire has the lowest crime rate in England and Wales despite a 12% increase in recorded offences 

The force say it is working hard to stem the rise in crime, but it is pleased that the county remains the safest place.

The Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) "Crime in England and Wales, year ending June 2019" bulletin, shows there were a total of 45,839 crimes in North Yorkshire during the 12-month period giving a crime rate of 55.6 per 1,000 of the population.

Compared to residents in other parts of Yorkshire and across the country, people who live and work in North Yorkshire are around twice as unlikely to fall victim to crime.

Deputy Constable Phil Cain said:

“It is very pleasing that North Yorkshire remains the safest and lowest crime area in England and Wales, which is testament to the dedication of our policing teams and our community partners.

Nevertheless, the 12% rise in recorded crime during this period is concerning.

Alongside other police forces and public services, we are facing challenging times.

We have to prioritise limited resources to deal with harmful crimes and put victims – especially the most vulnerable - at the heart of everything we do.

At the same time, we are maintaining a strong commitment to neighbourhood policing which is the bedrock of our service, and continuing our well-established proactive approach to tackling and deterring offenders who travel into North Yorkshire from other counties.

With our targeted investment to bolster and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of front-line policing, such as ongoing recruitment and the roll-out of handheld devices to save officers having to go back to the station to use computers, as well as in specialist rural crime, safeguarding, fraud and cybercrime teams, we are confident that North Yorkshire Police is on track to turn around the rise in crime.”

Broken down into the main crime categories, the latest ONS figures for North Yorkshire show:

  • Vehicle Offences reduced by 9% with 2,245 crimes in total
  • Shoplifting decreased by 3% (4,561 crimes in total)
  • Criminal damage and arson up by 1% (6,013 crimes in total)
  • Theft offences increased by 3% (17,256 crimes in total)
  • Burglary increased by 10% (4,010 crimes in total, of which 2,451 are recorded as residential burglaries and 1,559 non-residential burglaries – both increased by 10%)
  • Drug offences decreased by 2% (1,554 crimes in total)
  • Violence and against the person increased by 28% (15,124 crimes in total), which is broken down into Violence with Injury (5,726 crimes in total, a 12% increase); Violence without Injury category (5,975 crimes in total, a 24% increase); Harassment and Stalking (3,392 crimes in total, an 83% increase). Please note, the ONS say trends in stalking and harassment offences recorded by the police need to be interpreted with caution due to Home Office changes in the coverage of this group of offences and in the rules governing recording
  • Possession of weapons offences up by 16% (318 crimes in total)
  • Robbery increased by 21% (221 crimes in total)
  • Theft from the person up by 12% (496 crimes in total)
  • Bicycle theft increased by 9% (1,193 crimes in total)
  • Other theft offences up by 7% (4,751 crimes in total)
  • Sexual offences increased by 16% (1,967 crimes in total). As previously highlighted, this rise is regarded as a positive reflection of the confidence victims have in North Yorkshire Police, particularly those making historical complaints in the wake of high profile historical sexual abuse cases, plus support from dedicated facilities for victims of sexual assault
  • Public order offences up by 41% (2,505 crimes in total)
  • Miscellaneous crimes against society, which includes the possession and publication of extreme sexual images, increased by 19% with 881 crimes in total


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