The number of violent crimes in Derbyshire has seen an overall increase in the year ending September 2017 when compared to the previous 12 months.
Robbery has risen 19 per cent from 515 incidents to 613 while rape and sexual offences have risen 16 per cent from 1,661 crimes to 1,933.
There were 199 fewer incidents of violence against the person, which fell by more than one per cent, dropping from 12,467 to 12,268. Knife crime rose by 36 crimes, from 96 to 132 – an increase of 20 per cent.
Where the force has seen increases, they have been less than the national average.
Nationally, police forces have seen a 29 per cent rise in robbery, 23 per cent raise in sexual offences, 20 per cent increase in violent crime and a 21 per cent increase in knife crime.
Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: “We have seen a rise in recorded crime in Derbyshire, and a rise in the more complex and hidden offences we deal with, such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and modern slavery.
“We have aligned resources to meet this changing demand but this is challenging in light of funding cuts.
“This is one of the reasons Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is proposing an increase in the council tax precept this year.”
Hardyal Dhindsa said that these statistics emphasised that Derbyshire remains a safe place to live, work or visit.
He went on: “According to the Office for National Statistics, recorded crime in England and Wales is increasing and figures for Derbyshire show a five per cent rise. This is the lowest increase in the region and one of the lowest in England and Wales.
“This type of performance is the result of exceptional leadership and the wholehearted commitment of our officers, staff and volunteers and I thank them all. And, while one victim is one too many, this is good news for our residents, businesses and visitors.”
Media enquiries: Sallie Blair – 01283 821012 or Derbyshire Constabulary on 0300 122 8903
Posted on Thursday 25th January 2018