Force sees rise in reported crime

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A POLICE force has been called in to deal with 10 per cent more crimes during the last year.

Durham Constabulary has seen year-on-year reductions in recorded crime between 2006 and 2013, which resulted in a 44 per cent fall in offences and almost 24,000 fewer crimes.

But the past 12 months there has been a 10 per cent increase in crime compared to the previous year.

Force chiefs say crime levels remain similar to the low levels of the early 1980s and it still has some of the lowest recorded crime rates in England and Wales.

Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said: “Despite this increase in recorded crime, County Durham and Darlington remains one of the safest places in the country to live, work and visit.

“We have solved more crimes this year and continue to have some of the best performance for this in the country.”

The types of crime which has caused the increase relate to drug offences, violent crime and sexual offences and theft.

It has seen a rise in the number of recorded drug offences, with the force putting this down to people passing on information, and says the increases in violent crime and sexual offences largely relates to a higher volume of historical incidents being reported in response to the Jimmy Savile investigation.