Crime figures drop for second year running

FIGURE show that more than 1,000 fewer crimes were committed in Northumberland last year.

Northumbria Police has recorded a fall in crime of more than eight per cent for the second year running.

The county’s area command annual figures, show 12,174 offences for 2010/11 compared to 13,219. The Alnwick area has seen a total drop of 83 crimes - a fall of nine per cent.

But there was a 48 per cent increase in burglaries, with 35 more being committed in the past 12 months.

There were 34 less violent crimes (14 per cent), two less vehicle crimes (three per cent) and 83 less criminal damages (27.5 per cent)

Alnwick Police Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart said: “It has been another excellent year for the Alnwick Sector, following last year’s crime reductions we have continued the downward trend and all crime is down by eight per cent .

“Through positive working relationships with partners and local licensees we have reduced violent crime by some 14 per cent; that is 34 fewer victims of violence than last year.

“We need the public’s help to tackle burglary in the coming months, we know that criminals are travelling into our rural areas and stealing.

“We appreciate it is extra work or a bother to lock up sheds and outbuildings or to fit alarms, but this is something we encourage.

“Equally, we need people to tell us when unusual or strange vehicles are in the area.

“Only by working together can the police and the community send out a strong message to criminals that Alnwick is not easy pickings.

“The sector, which has a reputation for innovation, already has new ideas to tackle crime and disorder in the coming year and keep this area one of the safest places to live, work and visit.”