Julia comments on recorded crime figures
North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has commented on the latest recorded crime figures for the year ending September 2018 from the Office of National Statistics.
They show a 13% year-on-year increase in crime with a crime rate of 51.6 per 1,000 of the population – this remains the lowest level in England.
“While these figures paint a negative picture, this rise in crime was expected – as I set out in October when the last figures were released. To maintain the trust of communities, it is important that all crimes that do take place are properly recorded – and this increase is partly as a result of that.
“Any rise is, of course, worrying through – and I understand that people will be concerned. There has been a small genuine increase in crime, but North Yorkshire remains statistically the safest place to live in England, and I am proud of the hard work and professionalism which makes that so.
“The forensic focus on recording crime accurately must continue, even if that makes for alarming headlines. We can only tackle crime effectively if we know what crime there is and I will be keeping a close eye on this work, as well as the response the Chief Constable is putting in place to the genuine increases in crime.
“More generally, I will be seeking to ensure the force is as efficient and effective as it can be, as well as properly funded, so the maximum possible resources are directed to the frontline to protect and support communities across North Yorkshire and York with more visible, local policing.”