Devon and Cornwall crime stats revealed
Violent and sexual crimes in Devon and Cornwall stayed the same and increased respectively
REPORTED violent and sexual crimes in Devon and Cornwall stayed the same and increased respectively in the past year, Home Office figures have revealed.
But statistics released this week show police saw a six per cent decrease in total crime in the 12 months before March 2011- when compared to the same period in 2010.
The region has the third lowest crime rate in England and Wales, according to figures.
Although criminal damage has fallen by 14per cent across Devon and Cornwall, rates of violent crime haven’t changed, and are worse than the national average.
You may also want to watch:
Reported sexual offences also rose by six per cent.
Police chiefs say this could be linked to victims having more confidence to come forward with information.
- 1 We're open again! Town's traders welcome back shoppers
- 2 Debut in the Dartmoor League
- 3 Stableford jewel for Sidmouth member
- 4 Around the sitting room in 80 days with the amazing Diana, 98
- 5 Escot springs out of lockdown and they're wild about opening again
- 6 Confidence grows for return of traditional high street
- 7 Archie's three marathons in three days charity challenge
- 8 Joma Devon & Exeter League results and fixtures
- 9 Veterans called to muster in tribute to Prince Philip
- 10 Hayman's Butchers 'had been my life' - Stewart Hayman
Deputy Chief Constable Shawn Sawyer said: “Improvements that stand out include that of those crimes and antisocial behaviour that can blight our communities – crime against vehicles, burglary and thefts all fell – and that is extremely encouraging for our communities.
“Many of the reductions we have achieved better national and regional averages and I must pay tribute to all officers, staff and partners who have helped achieve these results.”