Recorded crime levels have been rising, whilst anti-social behaviour (ASB) is continuing to fall in County Durham and Darlington, according to the latest quarterly performance report from the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC).
The report looks at the safety of communities, and finds that the severity of crimes in County Durham and Darlington remains similar to the national average. At the same time the number of police recorded offences per head of population is lower than other areas with similar characteristics.
Commenting on the report, Acting PCVC Steve White said “Our performance in relation to other forces of a similar size shows we continue to buck the national trend. Local people should feel reassured that often increases in crime are largely due to the improved recording standards by our Officers, and at the same time the public continues to have increasing confidence in order to report crimes.”
The report shows that the number of casualties on the road in 2018 was the lowest for many years and notes the benefit to communities of establishing local Community Speed Watch schemes.
The proportion of victims who are satisfied with their experience of Durham Constabulary is high, at 85%, and continues to increase. The Force continues to work with partners to extend the range of services available to support victims across the region.
The report also looks at the growing support for vulnerable people, including those with mental ill-health, domestic abuse victims and those who have fallen victim to human trafficking and modern slavery.
Steve added “We are continuing to increase the support available for vulnerable people as well as those that have been victims of crime.”
The PCVC’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 31st October 2019