Police figures show more than 1,000 fewer crimes

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NEW figures have revealed more than 1,000 fewer crimes were committed in Northumberland during the past 12 months.

Police also say that across the Northumbria force area there were also more than 7,000 fewer victims.

In Northumberland Area Command, which covers around 2,000 square miles and has more than 300,000 residents, there were 12,174 offences in 2010-11 compared to 13,219 the previous year – a drop of 1,045.

This is the second consecutive year that crime figures have gone down in the county.

The figures reveal that violent crime was down by ten per cent, meaning 279 fewer victims.

There were almost 1,000 less incidents of criminal damage, which resulted in a drop of more than 25 per cent.

Burglary is down in general with 40 less crimes than last year and burglary of a dwelling fell by almost ten per cent or 46 fewer crimes.

However, there was a 20 per cent increase in vehicle crime, with 218 more reports – an increase police attribute to a large numbers of thefts from vehicles in the Cramlington and Ashington areas between December 2010 and March 2011.

Officers said a large proportion of cars broken into and homes burgled this year were due to them being insecure.

Chief Superintendent Mark Dennett said: “Every sector throughout Northumberland from Bedlington to Berwick has seen a drop in the number of crimes.

“This is a great achievement and can be attributed to the hard work and determination of police officers and staff here in Northumberland, and the close working relationships that have been forged with our partners and the local communities.

“These figures show Northumberland to be a safe place to live, work and visit and through continued partnership working, and with the continued help and support from local residents, we will strive to ensure it stays that way.”