Northumberland crime figures
Dated: 05 Apr 2012
Crime has fallen by 10.5% in Northumberland with more than 1,200 fewer victims of crime in the county.
Acting Chief Superintendent Dianne Winship of Northumberland Area Command said: “We have continued to drive down crime in Northumberland with an overall reduction across the county of more than 10% which equates to 1,276 fewer victims of crime.
“More significantly each sector within Northumberland has seen an overall drop in the number of crimes committed.
“This is a great achievement by not only our police officers and staff but our partner organisations and the local communities we work closely with on a daily basis to ensure we are an area where people feel safe.
“The area command has also achieved a 4.9% increase in its detection rate to 42.1% across all areas of crime.
“While we are pleased with our continuing reductions in crime we are aware of a small increase in the number of drug crimes and sexual offences.
“Tackling drug use is a priority of officers in Northumberland and we have been proactive in dealing with people selling or taking illegal drugs. We would encourage people to continue coming forward if they have any information which could help us as we tackle this crime.
“While never happy with any increase, the rise in the number of reported sexual offences shows people are confident in reporting these crimes to us.
“There have also been rises in some of our sectors in the number of burglaries and vehicle crimes. Many of these were as a result of insecure doors and unlocked vehicles with property left on show.
“We would like to remind people to secure their property, be vigilant and report any suspicious activity by calling 999.
“We have made these areas a priority and working together with our communities we will continue to tackle them and work to make sure crime again falls in Northumberland."
For details of what is happening forcewide go to: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/releasedetails.asp?id=57570