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Violent crime up 28 percent in North Yorkshire - but still the safest county

Violent crime up 28 percent in North Yorkshire - but still the safest county

Published by Harry Long at 5:03pm 17th October 2019.

Recorded crimes in North Yorkshire have gone up by 12 percent in the year ending June 2019 - but the county is still the safest place in England and Wales.  

  • The county is still the safest in England and Wales, according to ONS figures. 
  • There was a 28 percent rise in violent crime in the year to June. 
  • North Yorkshire residents are twice as unlikely to be a victim of crime compared to other parts of Yorkshire.   

That's according to the Office of National Statistics, which has published the statistics today.  

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.

The biggest increase was for public order offences, which have gone up by 41 percent. 

Violent offences increased by 28 percent,  robbery went up by 21 percent and possession of weapons offences increased by 16 percent.  Sexual offences also increased by 16 percent.

Drug offences decreased by 2 percent over the period.  

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.”