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8:43am 19th October 2012
(Updated 8:43am 19th October 2012)

Cornwall and Devon records a rise in crime.

Figures were up 7% in the year leading up to June, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That is compared to a 30% percent drop across the whole of the UK.

In our region, fraud, violence and robbery showed the biggest jumps.

But Devon and Cornwall Police says updated information shows that crime across the force has dropped by 2.3% in the last six months.

Chief Constable Sawyer said: "Devon and Cornwall remains a safe place, but these latest figures from April show the concerted work going on to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

"Devon and Cornwall aims to be the best rural, urban and coastal force in the country and these latest results show we are heading in the right direction.

"Following the 6% rise in crime last year for Devon and Cornwall, these results show how our staff are working with communities to make them safer.

"The reduction in domestic and non-dwelling burglary, a total of 838 less crimes, means hundreds of less victims of this type of offence.

"In the current financial climate we have to look at different ways of achieving our goals and working more effectively with less.

"It isn't easy for any of our staff, but these results show a clear commitment to succeed."

Despite cross the board reductions from April to April 2012, there has been a small rise in sexual offences and violence with injury offences.

Violence with injury has increased by 2.3%, but with 13 offences per 1,000 of population.

Sexual offences have increased by 7.2% between April and October 16 - an increase of 69 offences.

Mr Sawyer added: "While we have had some significant successes in the last six months, these areas remain of concern.

"We have already dedicated significant resources to dealing with violent crime and sexual offences - something which we will continue to target at every opportunity.

"For example, there has already been a large reduction of 80% of violence with injury cases in Newquay during the summer where partners and the community are working together to make the town safer for all.

"The last year has also seen anti-social behaviour reduce by 50% in Newquay, so we are making real progress in these areas.

"We are also seeing positive results from specialist domestic abuse units set up in both Devon and Cornwall with more detections of crimes and more victims coming forward as a result.

"These areas remain a challenge and require long term resourcing, but working with others, we know we can make progress in these particularly sensitive types of offences."

8:43am 19th October 2012

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