Crime and Antisocial Behaviour across Cleveland dropped substantially last year, according to the latest figures.
Publicly Reported Crime fell by 9.4 % between January and December 2012, when compared to 2011, meaning that there were 3718 fewer victims of crime. Incidents of antisocial behaviour also decreased by 26.1% meaning that there were 10490 fewer victims during this period. At a local level there were reductions in each of the four policing Districts of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland.
Major reductions were seen in almost all crime categories including sexual offences (14.2%), criminal damage & arson (14.9%), house burglary (8.4%), vehicle crime (14.3%) and overall violence (2.0%).
A slight increase of 151 offences in the violence without injury category can be attributed to improved investigation of domestic abuse and awareness raising work to encourage reporting, both of which were driven during 2012. Over the same period, the force retained its position as one of the top three forces nationally for public confidence, with the best rating amongst North East forces.
T/Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said: “These results are a tribute to the hard work of our officers, staff and partners in keeping communities across Cleveland safe. However, we are not complacent and do not underestimate the challenge of continuing to reduce crime in this tough economic climate.
“Our focus in 2013 remains on protecting the public and serving the people of Cleveland to the best of our ability.
“Members of the public can of course help us in the fight against crime by taking simple measures to keep themselves safe, such as keeping doors and windows locked, and not leaving their valuables on show in either their homes or their cars. New Christmas bikes should also be locked and security marked.
“My message to criminals is that there will be no let up in 2013: we will continue to take the fight to you and prevent, disrupt and detect criminal activity by bringing you to justice.”
Added Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger: “Everyone involved with keeping the public of Cleveland safe—officers and staff, our many partners and the public whose support and involvement is vital—can take pride in the fact that, despite the pressures faced on many fronts, crime and antisocial behaviour has been reduced over the past year.
“We will face many challenges in the year ahead, but these figures provide a firm foundation for us to move forward and deliver on the priorities I set out during the Police and Crime Commissioner election—including a continuing commitment to Neighbourhood Policing, ensuring a better deal for victims and witnesses and working with all partners to make the best use of resources.”
Posted on Thursday 3rd January 2013