Police to address rising violent crime in North Yorkshire in 'new situation'
A rise in violent crime in our county has prompted a pledge to address "the challenges" facing North Yorkshire Police in what is still one of the safest places to live in England.
Commenting on today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics on ‘Crime in England and Wales for the year ending December 2019’, Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “Clearly, a huge amount has changed since the period these figures cover but I am pleased that North Yorkshire continues to be the safest place in England and Wales. When there are more offences there are always questions to be asked.
“Part of the increase is due to better recording of offences, and that’s important to ensure we know the challenges we face."
Overall crime figures for the year ending December 2019 in North Yorkshire compared to the year ending December 2018 showed an overall increase with rises in categories including violent crime and robberies.
The official figures for North Yorkshire include:
9% rise in overall crime
22% rise in violence against the person
13% rise in robbery
6% rise in sexual offences
6% rise in drug offences
36% rise in public order offences
But, despite being one of the country's largest counties, North Yorkshire's overall total of recorded crimes of 47, 929 remains the sixth lowest in the whole of England.
The PFCC said she would be working with the chief constable in North Yorkshire to deal with the crime rises.
Julia Mulligan said: "Any increase is a concern, and I am particularly worried by the rise in violent crime and robbery - offences which cause huge concern in our communities.
“I will continue to work with the Chief Constable to ensure her plans address the challenges these figures show, but also reflect the situation we face today - dealing with a national emergency which has changed the world in a way we could not have imagined just months ago.”
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