Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Rise in violent crimes and sexual offences in North Devon

15:24 23 January 2014

Archant

Latest figures show crime has reduced overall across the region but some areas continue to rise.

VIOLENT crimes, sexual offences and public order offences have all risen across Devon and Cornwall, according to new figures.

The figures released today show last year the amount of recorded crimes across the region had fallen by 2.6 per cent – a reduction of 2,235 crimes.

But figures for violence without injury are up 13.1 per cent, public order offences up 18.4 per cent and sexual offences up 11.7 per cent.

Recorded burglary offences, vehicle offences and criminal damage offences have all reduced.

Domestic burglary offences are down 8.6 per cent and non-domestic burglaries are down 11.7 per cent.

There has also been a reduction in the amount of vehicle offences which are down 14.3 per cent, and criminal damage which is down 9.8 per cent.

Figures for shoplifting however are on the rise, with an extra 526 offences recorded last year.

Devon and Cornwall deputy chief constable Bill Skelly welcomed the continued fall in crime, but acknowledged the figures also showed areas needing further understanding and action.

He said: “Crime figures are just one way in which we monitor our performance in order to make our communities safer.

“These figures show Devon and Cornwall remains a safe place to live, work and visit. We want this to remain the case and victims to be at heart of everything we do.

“A small rise in crime in some areas does not make Devon and Cornwall less safe, but none the less, we have to constantly observe crime trends to reduce offences and work with our partners to deal with the root cause of them as soon as possible.”

He added that alcohol was a big factor in crime and was involved in at least 35 per cent of violent incidents.

“There is already extensive work going on with partners and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to look at how this can be most effectively managed,” he said.

“There is no doubt that violent and sexual offences are aggravated and at times caused by alcohol, and that it also impacts heavily on areas such as domestic abuse

“As a Force we remain committed to working closer than ever with partners and communities to problem solve and do whatever possible to help those communities we serve.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

11:45
Flora Kyte, Ben Price, Ottelie Kuehne, Hannah Munro-O'Brien, Bethany Lee, Emily Yelland and Helena Reed celebrate top results at South Molton Community College. Picture: Matt Smart

Teenagers across the region opened their results today (Thursday), with more exceptional achievements for schools in the area.

Read more

Mystery surrounds the circumstances as to how the man was found injured in the early hours after Hartland Carnival. Can you help?

Read more
10:20
The Seamoor Unit has won a regional award

Seamoor Unit is named ‘best building under £2m’ at the Michelmores Property Awards

Read more
09:06
Councillors Des Brailey and Dick Jones at the Maple Grove land before it was cleared.

Wasteland is tidied up and given over to community use

Read more
Fire engine

Telehandler was destroyed in the fire this morning (Thursday) which also damaged tractor, trailer and large hay bales.

Read more
08:00
A chance to explore wildlife haven at Meeth Quarry on the water.

The lakes at Meeth Quarry are not normally open to water sports - but for one day only explore them by kayak, canoe or raft with Devon Wildlife Trust.

Read more
09:34
A pop-up night club transformed the Wrey Arms pub in Sticklepath, Barnstaple. Picture: Contributed

First pop-up club is held at The Wrey Arms with disco, lights and plenty of party spirit.

Read more
09:38
MV Balmoral is welcomed to Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The vessel arrived in Bideford with 224 passengers as was greeted by the mayor and town crier.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:20
Can you give the loving Jean-Paul a home?

With Barnstaple & District Cats Protection

Read more
Yesterday, 17:14
Counterfeit items found at Mr Ryan’s home.

The 34-year-old appeared at Exeter Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to six charges of selling and possessing counterfeit goods.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications