Crime is down for the 22nd year – police

Figures released by police this week claim crime in Northumberland has fallen for the 22nd year in a row.

The Home Office figures show crime in the county has gone down by three per cent in the 12 months to June 2013.

Crime reductions are shown across the majority of categories and anti-social behaviour incidents have reduced by 11 per cent, one of the key issues communities say impacts on their lives.

Northumbria continues to have a lower crime rate than many other forces in England and Wales and is significantly lower than its most similar group of forces.

Victim satisfaction is the highest in the country with more than 91 per cent of victims satisfied with the overall service from police.

According to the figures, detection rates are currently at almost 44 per cent.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “There is no doubt that the more we cut crime the greater the challenge becomes to drive it down further.

“It is a credit to all our officers and staff and our partners that we have continued to achieve this success in such testing circumstances.”

But theft from a person is up 11 per cent, and violence against the person without injury is up one per cent.