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Violent crime up 22 per cent in North Yorkshire

Violent crime up 22 per cent in North Yorkshire

Published by Harry Long at 5:27pm 23rd April 2020.

Violent crime has increased by 22 per cent in North Yorkshire over the past year.  

  • North Yorkshire remains the safest county to live in, according to the latest crime statistics.  
  • But violent crime increased by 22 per cent over the past year.
  • There were also increases in stalking and harassment cases and public order offences.  

But the county remains the safest in the country.  

Overall, recorded offences went up by 9 per cent.  There were 47,929 crimes in North Yorkshire during the 12-month period to December 2019.  

Stalking and harassment cases increased by 39 per cent.  There was also a big increase in public order offences, which rose by 36 per cent.  Robbery increased by 13 per cent.  

Drug offences increased by 6 per cent, while possession of weapons offences increased by only 3 per cent.  

There were decreases in vehicle offences (down 7 per cent) and criminal damage and arson (down 3 per cent).

The figures have been released by the Office of National Statistics’. 

Police officers

Chief Constable Lisa Winward, of North Yorkshire Police said:

“These figures show that North Yorkshire Police continues to be the safest place in the country per 1,000 of the population, despite the snapshot showing a 9% rise in recorded offences in comparison to the same period the year before.

“Even with our national position, we are not complacent, and a top priority for the force is ensuring victims continue to feel confident about reporting offences to us. As part of this, our piece of work to improve how we record crime, and also detect and investigate offences is ongoing as this naturally influences the county’s crime levels.

“Maintaining our position as the safest place in the country is testament not only to the professionalism and dedication of the teams of people from North Yorkshire Police and our local authority and community partners, but also our communities who provide so much support to their local policing teams.

“There is no doubt that our collective strength, passion and pride we have for our area is a key factor in this high level of performance and my thanks go to each and every officer, staff member, volunteer and partner whose role is vital in helping us protect people. We are very proud to serve North Yorkshire and will continue to do everything in our power to keep our communities safe and secure.”