Recorded crime levels have been rising, whilst anti-social behaviour (ASB) has decreased, according to the latest quarterly performance report from the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner.
The report looks at the safety of communities, and finds that the severity of crimes in County Durham and Darlington is similar to the national average, whilst the number of police recorded offences per head of population is higher.
Commenting on the report, Ron Hogg said “many of these differences are due to changes in recording practices. Also, Durham’s ability to record crime accurately is strong. Some incidents which were previously recorded as ASB, such as harassment, are now required to be recorded as crimes. However the force remain vigilant and committed to reducing crime and improving community safety.”
The report shows that the number of casualties on the road fell in 2018 compared to 2017, and notes the benefit to communities of establishing local Community Speed Watch schemes, where local people work with the Police and other agencies to monitor and address speeding issues.
The report also describes the work of the Local Criminal Justice Partnership, and the range of services which are now available to victims from different backgrounds and with different needs.
Ron said “I have made it my business to put in place a wide range of services for victims, and I am pleased that the satisfaction of victims with the work of the Constabulary remains high. My office continue to undertake work to understand the experience of victims, and to see where there is more that can be done to provide support.”
The report also looks at support for vulnerable people, including those with mental ill-health. Following recent legislation prohibiting the detention of under-18s in Police Custody, notes that there were no detentions, for any one of any age, in police custody as a place of safety in 2018.
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 .
Posted on Thursday 14th March 2019