The number of crimes in Nottinghamshire increased by 18.4% in the financial last year although the number of calls for assistance rose by just 1.9% in the same period.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and Chief Constable Craig Guildford discussed the end of year (1 April 17 – 31 March 18) statistics with the Police and Crime Panel earlier this week (Monday 23 April). They explained that while the increase could be attributed in part to strict adherence to crime recording standards, there has also been a perceptible increase in some crime types.
CC Craig Guildford said today: “We don’t yet have the national figures, but I believe that we will be roughly in line with the average increase. But, and it’s a big but, it’s difficult to compare like with like.
“The rise in recorded crime numbers - from 82,327 to 97,508 crimes – underlines the fact that the force is now converting more incidents to crimes in order to ensure that it achieves the best possible standards of compliance with National Crime Recording Standards. But it’s fair to say that there has also been an increase in certain crime types.
“For example, the 4.3% rise in burglary: this figure is under the national average, but it is an increase. We are aware of it - that’s why we have introduced two dedicated burglary teams. We have also seen an increase in sexual offences, which is also reflective of the national picture, and highlights the increasing confidence from victims to come forward and report their experience, recent or not so recent.
“Violence against the person has gone up by 18 %, again in line with the national trend, although much of this is down to increased reporting of lower-level harassment which is recorded within violence.
“The 35% rise in the number of vehicle offences is probably a tangible increase, which we are determined to address, whereas increases in robbery were mirrored with decreases in the ‘theft from person’ category, which is a clear recording issue. That said, robbery offences have increased nationally.
“Having recently looked at our Prosecution Data regionally it is very clear to me that per officer the force continues to arrest, prosecute and convict a significantly higher number and %age of individuals than any of our near neighbours. That in my view reflects the hard work that I see undertaken on behalf of the public of Nottinghamshire every single day.
“I am confident that with the changes recently introduced to our operating model and the increase in the number of officers, we are better placed to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour while providing a quality local policing service to our communities.”
Paddy Tipping said that he had shared an explanatory performance report with panel members, partners and stakeholders. He said today: “Although the number of reported crimes has increased the report illustrates that changes to reporting practices and standards have had an impact on these figures. Crime may be rising but, in real terms, nowhere near 18.4%.
“More tellingly, the number of calls from the public for services remained broadly similar in the last year compared with the previous year and there was, in fact, a slight reduction in the number of 999 calls.
“Looking forward, it will help enormously that, after a long period when police numbers were diminishing, earlier this month the number of officers increased to more than 1900. This figure will continue to grow to 1940 in this financial year and next year our headcount will approach 2000. All areas of Nottinghamshire will benefit from increased numbers and this extra resource will undoubtedly help with the challenges we face.”
- A 51% increase in reports of rapes. The increase is something that is being mirrored nationally and can, at least in part, be attributed to increases in reports of historic rapes and a drive to raise awareness and increase confidence to come forward.
- Violence against the person has gone up by 18%, in line with the national trend, although much of this is down to increased reporting of low-level harassment which is recorded within violence.
- Other key offences that have risen include vehicle offences (34.5% to 9,479), robbery (21.9% to 1,085) and burglary (4.3% to 8,343).
- Deaths and serious injury caused by dangerous driving was one of the most significant reductions in the 2017-18 financial year, falling by 57% - from 21 to nine.
- Theft from the person fell by 22.8% to 718.
- Antisocial behaviour reduced by 3.4% to 33,313.
The letter and report to the Police and Crime Panel can be found here
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Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2018