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Reported crime is increasing and police resources are getting tighter

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The number of reported crimes in County Durham and Darlington is on the increase, according to the latest Performance Report from Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, Ron Hogg.

The report indicates that whilst levels of anti-social behaviour reduced by 10% over the twelve months to June 2017, reported crime rose by 31%.

“Some of the increase in reported crime is due to the re-classification of harassment from anti-social behaviour to crime”, said Ron. “However, the bulk of the increase is reflected in traditional crime areas such as the numbers of reported burglaries, car crimes, criminal damage and arson attacks”.

“There has also been an increase in the number of reported sexual offences. It is vital that victims come forward and have the confidence to report their experiences.”

Ron added: “Durham Constabulary is still the best and most efficient police force in the country. Our police officers do an excellent job, every day, keeping the public safe. However, the number of Police Officers in County Durham and Darlington has dropped by 400 since 2010 and I am concerned that the budget for local policing continues to reduce. I have called on the Home Secretary to fulfil her commitment to ensure that Police have the resources they need to protect the public.”

Anti-social behaviour reduced in every part of the Force area except Darlington over the past year.

Ron’s Public Performance Report is available on his website at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk .

Further crime prevention advice is available on the Durham Constabulary website at www.durham.police.uk .

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Posted on Thursday 21st September 2017
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