People in Derbyshire live in one of the safest counties in England and Wales, Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said today (4 August 2016).
But while thanking the Constabulary and its partners for their hard work, he stressed that there was no room for complacency. “The drive for improvement needs to continue,” he said.
“Latest statistics relating to all recorded crime show that Derbyshire is ranked at No. 7 out of 42 forces. This is very good news, but it’s only part of the picture.
“We must be particularly aware of the ever-present but hidden risks of cybercrime and do all we can to guard against them. Cybercrime is a global, national and local issue. It is under-reported and the perpetrators are likely to be thousands of miles away, leaving victims feeling very vulnerable in their own homes.”
He continued: “The distress this type of crime wreaks upon people of all ages can be huge, so I urge all users of computers and mobile phones to ensure they download the latest protective software and remain vigilant about not revealing personal information to unknown sources.”
Recently, the Commissioner’s Strategic Governance Board was told that national comparison rates published by the Crime Survey for England and Wales for the 12 months to the end of March this year showed recorded violence was still rising nationally due to better recording practices and also an increase in reporting these crimes. Violent crimes recorded in Derbyshire were fewer than in the East Midlands and in England and Wales, placing them in 6th position nationally.
With regard to recorded sexual offences in Derbyshire, the county was placed in 14th position nationally. This relates to 1.6 sexual offences per 1,000 population compared to 1.8 in England and Wales and 1.7 in the East Midlands.
Recorded theft crimes in the county amounted to 24.1 crimes per 1,000 population compared to 30.7 in England and Wales and 28.4 in the East Midlands, putting Derbyshire in 15th position.
The Crime Survey shows that crime across the country has dropped by 6% over the last year to its lowest level since the survey began in 1981. At the same time, police recorded crime rose by 8% across all crime categories. This, points out the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), highlights the commitment to more accurate crime recording.
Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: “Recorded crime is generally what our communities come forward and tell us about but it’s only a small part of the crimes we investigate in Derbyshire.
“In response to these complex crimes the force is putting more resources into investigating and trying to prevent these offences. This means officers and staff working out of the public eye, covertly and particularly in new areas such as historical abuse investigations and specialising in cybercrime and digital examinations.”
The PCC added that the police service is determined to address the upward trend in knife-related offences citing Project Zao, and joint venture between Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council, Youth Offending Service, Derbyshire Probation, Derby Schools, Derby County and the youth group Enthusiasm as a good example of a partnership approach.
The project aims to discourage young people in the city from carrying knives by a series of activities that will educate, prevent and enforce the consequences of doing so.
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Posted on Thursday 4th August 2016