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21 July, 2016

North Yorkshire remains one of the safest places in the country

Following the publication of the report: Crime in England and Wales: year ending Mar 2016, by the Office of National Statistics, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan said:

“I am pleased that North Yorkshire remains one of the safest places in the country with our police focused on proving the highest quality service to the public. This wasn’t achieved by chance and I would like to thank the police officers and staff who worked so hard throughout the year to protect our residents and help them to ‘be safe, feel safe’.

“Reported crime went up by eight per cent, slightly less than the national average and something which can partly be explained by more rigorous reporting practices. The increase in violence and sexual offences seen nationally was also reflected in North Yorkshire and is partly due to increased confidence in reporting these crimes to the police which is a positive development.

“However we are far from complacent and have made a number of key investments including over £3m to better protect vulnerable people, a new cyber crime unit and technology to help in the fight against cross border crime. We are also in the process of recruiting more police officers, PCSOs and have created a new task force to tackle crime in rural areas.

“On a related note, I welcome the Office of Nationals Statistics’ new data on fraud and computer misuse which shows the scale of these crimes and will help shape the way the police deals with these types of incidents in the future.”

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