Residents believe Northumbria Police continue to be effective in ensuring the North East remains one of the safest areas to live in the country.
New figures provided by the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime data have been released today (Thursday, July 19), highlighting the number of offences recorded over the last 12 months, public confidence ratings and statistical trends.
While the total incidents received by the Force remained the same, the number of those that were recorded as a crime by Northumbria Police increased by 23 per cent.
That rise can be attributed to a number of factors, including an improvement in police crime recording processes and a greater confidence among victims of sexual and domestic abuse to come forward and report incidents.
Work has also been undertaken to ensure specialist help and support is available to victims of high-harm crimes.
“Today’s announcement shows that our message is getting through – if you are the victim of a crime, report it. Northumbria Police will do everything they can to support you,” Dame Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, said.
“I’m pleased local residents have the confidence to report a crime, and these figures are clear proof of that.
“We continue to reach out to those affected by hard to report crimes such as domestic abuse and rape signalling that our message to victims that they will be believed is indeed making an impact.
“The data also shows that Northumbria remains a safe place to live and work. The risk of household crime in our force area is the lowest since records began in 2007 and the lowest of all forces in England and Wales.
“My message is clear, if you are a victim of crime – report it.”
Northumbria also received another impressive satisfaction rating, the third highest of any Force in the country, with a high proportion of those surveyed agreeing that police are doing a ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ job.
Assistant Chief Constable Ged Noble, of Northumbria Police, said:
“As a Force, there can be no doubt that we face significant challenges in terms of funding and understanding new emerging threats, and it is important to acknowledge that we have seen an actual increase in some crime types.
“We remain as committed as ever to tackling those types of offences to ensure the public feel safe and perpetrators are brought to justice.”