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Crime figures rise

Crime figures rise

Published at 5:38pm 22nd April 2016. (Updated at 6:10pm 22nd April 2016)

North Yorkshire still has the lowest crime rate in England, despite an increase in robberies, sex offences and violence.

New figures show there were a total of 36,335 crimes last year, which is a 5% rise compared to the same period the previous year.

However, that's below an 8% increase nationally, and takes into account improved crime recording standards.

Other crimes which increased include burglary, criminal damage and arson, and public order offences.

Theft, drug offences and possession of weapons offences all decreased.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: "North Yorkshire Police remains determined and resolute in our efforts to keep people safe from a range of dangers, including the emergence of cyber-based crime.

"Our officers, staff and volunteers work around the clock, every day of the year, targeting and disrupting criminal activity across the county and beyond our force borders. Our Road Crime Team and Roads Policing Group officers, working in tandem with the Force Control Room and intelligence officers using advanced automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, are at the forefront of this proactive approach to policing.

"There will be no let-up from North Yorkshire Police, particularly in those areas showing an increase. We are constantly striving to improve the way we operate and provide the very best service possible for the people and communities we are proud to serve."