Northumbria force area remains safe place to live – survey

Northumbria Police Acting Chief Constable Winton Keenen
Northumbria Police Acting Chief Constable Winton Keenen

Residents remain confident that Northumbria Police is doing a good job as the force continues to put victims first.

Data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime has been released which shows how crime has changed over the last 12 months.

Over the last few years, the level of estimated crime has continued to fall, but the number of crimes recorded by police has increased.

It is believed, in part, the rise can be attributed to improvements in crime-recording processes, an area Northumbria Police has made significant improvements in over the last few years.

In addition, some crime types, in particular those of a sexual nature, have seen increases in the numbers recorded. This, it is believed, shows that victims have more confidence to come forward and report incidents.

Acting Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “We are proud to serve the people that live and work here and will continue to do so by putting victims first and protecting vulnerable people in our communities.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, added: “I’m encouraged by the increase in hard-to-report crimes being recorded, including domestic violence and rape, signalling that our message to victims that they will be believed is indeed making an impact.

“As a result, the patterns and the overall picture of crime in our area is changing. Officers are now involved in managing high-risk offenders, safeguarding children and protecting vulnerable victims, all of which are intensive and quite rightly take up a great deal of police time.

“We need investment from the Government to equally tackle new emerging crimes while dealing effectively with traditional crimes.”