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North Wales crime falls by three per cent

Published date: 17 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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OVERALL crime rates have fallen by three per cent across North Wales, police figures have shown.

Police have said crime is continuing to fall with more than 1,000 fewer crimes between April 2013 and March this year.

However, figures revealed on Thursday show sexual offences, shoplifting, burglaries and violence without Injury have all increased.

Richard Debicki, assistant chief constable said: “The Force has maintained its strong performance, with crime falling in North Wales between April 2013 and March 2014 - once again fewer people have been victims of crime.

"We recognise the negative impact that crime has upon our communities and individual victims, and so continuing overall crime reductions are very positive.

"Our police officers and staff continue to work extremely hard alongside the community and partners in order to drive down crime further.

"These crime statistics are far more than being simply about numbers, because, of course, every crime has a victim, and less crime equals less victims in our communities. Where crimes do occur we work incredibly hard to solve them and bring offenders to justice, and get the right outcome for victims."

Violence with injury is down by 4.6 per cent, with 182 fewer crimes, burglary other than dwelling is down four per cent, with 115 fewer crimes while robbery is down 10.3 per cent, with 13 fewer crimes and vehicle crime is down 8.5 per cent, with 201 fewer crimes

Sexual offences are 8.4 per cent, with 70 more crimes, shoplifting is up 9.3 per cent, with 337 more crimes, burglaries are up 5.5 per cent, with 87 more crimes and violence without injury has increased by 4.8 per cent, with 198 more crimes.

Other acquisitive crime down is down 5.8per cent, with 276 fewer crimes, criminal damage and arson is down 7.7 per cent, with 533 fewer crimes and anti-social behaviour is down 4.7per cent, with 1,276 fewer incidents.

Assistant chief constable Debicki added: "Anti-social behaviour is also reducing across North Wales.

"This is very pleasing given the importance of this to our communities.

"Anti-social behaviour of any kind has an impact on peoples’ lives, and we are keen to address this. The public can have confidence that our Community Beat Managers and PCSOs are tackling these issues.

"We want to work hard on behalf of the public in the areas that matter to them, and we continue to listen to people through our officers and staff working right in the heart of neighbourhoods.”

North Wales is fourth lowest nationally for those experiencing/witnessing ASB.

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick CB QC said: "North Wales is keeping up the fight against crime with another year of further reductions in the number of offences and a consequent drop in the number of victims.

"The region continues to be one of the safest places in the UK to live, work and visit but there is certainly no room for complacency.

"I am aware there are a number of areas where improvement is needed and I will be working with the Chief Constable to improve performance in those areas and indeed across the board.

"My aim as outlined in the Police and Crime Plan is to work to ensure the people of North Wales feel safe, secure, and unthreatened by crime, criminals, and intimidation from whatever source. I will continue to work towards improving people’s security at home and their perception of security at home and towards reducing victim based crime. It is important that people living, working and visiting North Wales feel safe in public places at all times of the day and at night. I will work towards improving people’s safety in public places, their perception of safety in public places and reducing victim based crime."

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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