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Rise in Stalking and Harrassment in North Yorkshire

Rise in Stalking and Harrassment in North Yorkshire

Published by Jon Burke at 6:31am 24th January 2020. (Updated at 6:51am 24th January 2020)

Reports of stalking and harrassment in North Yorkshire have gone up by 58 per cent in a year.

The Office for National Statistics has released has released crime figures for the 12 months till the end of last September.

Total crime in the county has risen by 12 per cent, compared to the same period the year before.

Violence against the person has gone up by more than a quarter, robbery's increased by a fifth and public order offences are up by 44 per cent.

Vehicle offences have dropped by 9 per cent, bicycle theft's dropped 3 per cent and drug offences are down 1 per cent.

Commenting on the figures, Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said:

ā€œNorth Yorkshire remains the safest place in England and I want to thank the hard-working police officers and staff whose dedication and commitment ensures that continues to be the case.

Nevertheless, we are continuing to see higher than average increases in crimes being recorded across the county.

There are different reasons for this ā€“ our continued focus on improving how offences are recorded inevitably means percentage increases can look dramatic. This is important though because we can only fight crime in the right places and the right ways by knowing the problem we are facing. North Yorkshire Police is getting much better at that, but there is always more to do.

This does not account for all the increase though, and it is important we all recognise that. Any rise is concerning, and I will be asking the Chief Constable to ensure she is confident her plans address the challenges we are facing. I am particularly concerned about the rise in violent crime as this is the sort of offence which causes huge worry in communities across North Yorkshire.ā€

Humberside Police has seen an overall rise in crime of 9 per cent.

Stalking and harrassment is up 44 per cent, while violence has gone up by 16 per cent.

Drug offences are up 28 per cent and there's been a 38 per cent rise in public order offences.

Down slightly are robbery, theft and burglary.


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