Crime down in Derbyshire in the last year

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Recorded crime in Derbyshire has fallen again following a slight increase in offences during 2013/14.

The latest statistics, which reveal the end-of-year figures for the force, show that crime fell by 1.5 per cent compared to 2013/14, dropping from 52,479 to 51,687. This means there were 792 fewer victims of crime.

House burglaries fell by 6.6 per cent from 2,906 to 2,714 while robbery fell by just over 18 per cent from 629 to 515.

There has been a rise in violent crimes, reflecting an increasing trend nationally.

In Derbyshire, this type of crime rose by 9.3 per cent from 9,177 to 10,033.

This is made up of 3,939 offences of ‘violence without injury,’ where the victim was not hurt, such as incidents of common assault, stalking and making threats.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “There were almost 800 fewer victims of crime over the past year, which is great news.

“Although shoplifting has increased again, this is the first year that the trend has begun to slow and I encourage shops, particularly the big retailers, to work with us to try and prevent this offending.

“I’m pleased to see a rise in the number of people reporting sexual offences and domestic violence, and many of the sexual offences we are told about happened months and even years ago – again I encourage victims to have the confidence to speak out and not suffer in silence.

“These crimes have historically been underreported and it’s encouraging to see that victims feel confident in coming forward.

“We continually work to improve levels of public confidence and satisfaction.”