Crime has fallen by 12% in North East Lincolnshire, official figures show
THE recorded crime rate has fallen by 12 per cent in North East Lincolnshire, according to the latest Home Office statistics.
The latest findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show violent offences across the Humberside Police force area were down by nine per cent compared to the same period in the previous year.
Sex offences were down by 10 per cent, robbery by eight per cent, burglary by 14 per cent, vehicle crime by 20 per cent and criminal damage by 17 per cent.
Drug offences were up by two per cent, while incidents of fraud and forgery rose by six per cent.
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The figures mean Humberside ranks fourth out of all forces in terms of reducing crime.
Humberside Police welcomed the findings and claimed people were becoming more confident in the service it delivers.
The survey, published by the Office for National Statistics, shows 58 per cent of people in the Humberside area agree that the police deal with local concerns, up from 56 per cent in the last period.
David Griffin, the Deputy Chief Constable, said: “Crime continues to fall and people living and working in this area should feel safer because of that.
“These reductions in overall reported crime rates have come at a time when we, and all police forces in England and Wales, are facing increasingly tight budgets and have had to make big decisions on how we are best able to deliver a service to the community whilst still reducing spending.
“The officers and staff working for Humberside Police deserve credit for achieving these positive results despite the uncertainties they face, along with the strength of partnership working with communities, local authorities and other public services and I am confident we will continue to perform in such a way that local people receive the service they deserve.”
Crime fell across England and Wales by an average of six per cent.
Responding to the national drop, Javed Khan, chief executive of Victim Support, said: "Crime has been falling for 20 years now.
"We welcome this of course, but we know from the thousands of victims we've helped in the last month alone that crime is a real problem for a lot of people.
"A fall in crime isn't grounds for complacency. Many victims still need help to cope and recover after a crime has taken place."
Earlier this week, the Home Office expanded its crime mapping website, www.police.uk.
It means residents can now compare crime levels in their neighbourhood with other areas and see how recorded rates of crime and anti-social behaviour have changed over the past three years.
According to these statistics, shown above, when compared to what the website describes as "similar areas", including Corby, Rochdale and Hartlepool, the crime rate in North East Lincolnshire was above average.