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Rise in recorded crime across Cornwall

Rise in recorded crime across Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:31am 28th April 2019.

Police figures show that there has been a rise in recorded crime across Cornwall.

There were 29,380 reported offences in 2018 in the Duchy, data from the Office for National Statistics shows.

That's up by 6% on the previous year, when 27,813 incidents were recorded.

That means there was a rate of 52 crimes per 1,000 residents during 2018, below the England and Wales average of 88.

The statistics are based on crimes reported by police, and the ONS urges caution in interpreting some of these figures.

You can find all the source data here.

"When we look at the overall level of crime, there has been no significant change over the last year.

"However, it is important to look at each crime type. Robbery and vehicle offences have increased whereas burglary has decreased.

"Lower-volume, high-harm violence involving knives has risen, whereas offences involving firearms have decreased."

Alexa Bradley, from the ONS Centre for Crime and Justice

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Despite rising nationally, gun and knife possession offences in Cornwall have dropped by six, to 215 incidents.

There were 764 residential burglaries reported in 2018. Due to a change in how the ONS categorises burglaries, the localised figures cannot be compared with other years.

There have been six homicides, which are murders or manslaughters. There were 14 cases of death or injury by dangerous driving.

Across England and Wales, the number of recorded homicides rose by 6%, to the highest level since 2008. These figures excluded people who died in terror attacks.

In Cornwall, theft, one of the most high volume crimes, decreased by 4%. Drugs-related offences slightly dropped by 0%.

"On Thursday 25 April 2019, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released their crime figures for the period of 12 months to December 2018 which show a rise in recorded crime in Devon and Cornwall.

"Devon and Cornwall has seen a rise in reported crime of +6.2%, which is below the national average of +7.1%. While there has been some genuine increase in crime, improvements to the way Devon and Cornwall Police records crimes, coupled with more robust enforcement, reflect the majority of this increase.

"It is important to note that crime figures only represent a minor part of what Devon and Cornwall Police do; around 80% of our business is not crime related.

"Devon and Cornwall remains one of the safest places to live, work and visit in the country and the likelihood of being a victim of crime is still very low.

"In terms of crimes per 1,000 Devon & Cornwall has the sixth lowest crime rate in England and Wales in the 12 month period to December 2018. This is up from seventh in the same period to September 2018."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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Criminal damage in Cornwall, which includes arson and vandalising cars and houses, has gone down, from 4,590 incidents in 2017, to 4,375 in the latest figures.

While violence with injury, which includes assault, GBH and wounding, has risen, this could be due to improved police recording.

Similarly sexual offences are hard to judge as many more victims are now coming forward due to a series of high-profile cases.

In Cornwall, there were 1,265 incidents recorded in 2018, a 4% rise on the previous year, when 1,213 crimes were reported.

There were also 2,807 cases of stalking and harassment reported over the same period.

"New statistics show that your chance of being a victim of crime remains low. Yet too many people are still falling victim to serious violence, which is why we will continue our urgent and unprecedented action to reverse this terrible trend.

"We have given police forces additional powers and have this year put more than £1 billion extra into policing."

Policing minister Nick Hurd

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