Crime falling across Sunderland, say police

Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, Sunderland's chief Police officer.

Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, Sunderland's chief Police officer.

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CRIME across Sunderland is falling, according to latest figures from Northumbria Police.

The force’s annual figures show the number of reported crimes fell from 18,995 in 2010/11 to 17,662 in 2011/12.

Crime in almost every area continued to fall, with violent crime, violence against the person, vehicle crime, drug crime, burglary, sexual offences and racially/religiously motivated crime all dropping.

But some Wearside residents questioned the figures, arguing the statistics published do not reflect the feeling on the streets.

Jane Bryson, 44, from Houghton, said: “They always tell us crime is falling. At community meetings, on the website – but when you speak to people in the street, they don’t seem to think things are any safer.”

Michelle Swain, 36, of Roker, added: “I suppose with better security devices, things like car crime and burglary might be falling but I’m a bit sceptical about it all.”

But Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, head of the force in Sunderland, today welcomed the figures.

She said: “Crime has once again fallen. Over 1,300 fewer crimes means fewer victims and more people feeling safe in our city and confident in local policing.

“The reductions are a great achievement and reflect the dedication of the officers and staff at Sunderland Area Command who are committed to providing a service the public expects and deserves.

“This success has also been a real team effort with us working alongside partner agencies to drive down crime and of course, our local communities.

“Detection rates have gone up by two per cent to 40 per cent meaning more crimes are being solved and more offenders dealt with.

“I’d like to thank the public for their support and would ask that they continue to put forward any issues and concerns so we can deliver a service that meets their needs and addresses local problems.

“I’d also ask that everyone follows crime prevention advice to avoid becoming a victim and help us to keep crime at a low.”

Crime across Northumbria fell by more than eight per cent, equalling almost 7,000 less victims of crime.

There were almost 19,000 fewer incidents of antisocial behaviour, a fall of nearly 17 per cent, an public confidence remained high with the force being ranked fifth nationally and first in the country for overall satisfaction.

Drug crime was the only area to see a rise but police chiefs put the 385 more offences down to their pledge to tackle the problem.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “Once again we have driven down crime levels across Northumbria.

“We have a well-deserved record of reducing crime and we are 100 per cent committed to continuing to make improvements and to delivering the service our communities tell us they want and need.”

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