Ron Hogg, Holding the latest performance Report
RECORDED CRIMES in County Durham and Darlington increased over the past year, according to the latest Performance Report from Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, Ron Hogg. At the same time, an increasing range of measures is in place to tackle incidents and prevent crime from taking place.
The new performance report shows how Ron’s investment in Community Peer Mentors, Community Speedwatch and crime prevention measures, such as the Dot Peen property marking device, are extending the range of means to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
The report also indicates that the number of reported victim-based crimes rose by 32% in the twelve months to March 2018, whilst levels of anti-social behaviour reduced by 16% compared to the same quarter in 2017. Anti-social behaviour rates have fallen in nearly every part of the County Durham and Darlington.
In parallel, victims of crime in Durham and Darlington have high levels of satisfaction in the service they get from the Police: 84% are satisfied with the ‘whole experience’. The range of services to support victims of crime in Durham and Darlington has been extended in recent years, to include the Hate Crime Advocacy Service and the Victim Care and Advice Service, amongst others.
Commenting on the report, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg said “There have been real increases in crimes such as theft, robbery and arson, which I expect the Constabulary continue to address, but the increase is also due to changes to the national requirements for crime recording: more incidents such as harassment are now recorded as crimes, for example. The Constabulary is also recording crimes to a very high standard.”
He added “The number of Police Officers in County Durham and Darlington has dropped by 400 Officers since 2010, following reductions in Government funding. I will continue to challenge the Constabulary to tackle and prevent crimes, and I call on the Government to ensure that Police have the resources they need to protect the public.”
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 .
Note to editors
The Crime Survey for England and Wales is the source of data about confidence in policing. Details of the survey can be found at http://www.crimesurvey.co.uk/
Posted on Thursday 11th October 2018