Pirate FM News 4 minute read

Devon and Cornwall among safest places in the country

Devon and Cornwall among safest places in the country

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:35pm 17th October 2019. (Updated at 3:38pm 17th October 2019)

New crime figures show that Devon and Cornwall is the fifth safest of all 43 police force areas in the country.

That is according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report for the 12 months to June this year.

The annual increase in total reported crime was also among the lowest, at 1.3% down from a 4% increase at the end of March 2019.

But our Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly says the figures underline the importance of remaining vigilant in the fight against organised crime.

PCC Alison Hernandez said work to combat organised drug supply was reflected, but warns that we should not be complacent.

"Organised drug supply, including through so called 'county line' networks, remains one of the most significant risks we face in our communities.

"Drug dealers coming from metropolitan areas bring with them weapons and violence and exploit vulnerable people to help them distribute drugs.  

"Devon and Cornwall Police is taking large scale action to combat this - we have invested over £5.5 million pounds in the last three years into new proactive policing teams and in dedicated operations to target specific county lines or organised crime groups.  

"The ongoing increases we are seeing in the number of crimes recorded for drug offences (up 13%) and the possession of weapons (up 15%) are a reflection of that concerted effort, although I recognise there remains more to be done."

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner

police 2

She expressed concern at the 32% rise in robbery. 

"While these increases are on relatively low base numbers, and should be seen in the context of our area being for one of the safest parts of the country, I am concerned about the continued rise in robberies and I am in discussion with the Chief Constable to better understand the issues we face and the response being taken.

"While I am pleased to see reductions in many areas of recorded crime we cannot and will not be complacent.  Crime levels remain a concern to me and to our communities and we must continue to do all we can to improve our response to all types of crime.  

"Recruitment of more officers is part of the solution so I am delighted that, in addition to a planned uplift in force strength, we will have an additional 141 officers added to the force through the first year of the national uplift."

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner

police tape 3

She said that further support was needed from the Government to recognise "exceptional challenges" in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly due to tourism levels, rurality and isolation as a peninsula.  
 
"Despite our chocolate box image, we are not immune from drug dealing and organised crime that has taken hold in the country at large," she added. 

The Devon and Cornwall force has more visitors to its area each year than any other outside London. A bid has been submitted to the Home Office for £17.9m to recognise these extreme pressures.   

Nationally, the figures show that knife crime offences have hit a record high in England and Wales, rising 7% in the last year.

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles
Newer articles

Warning about gang offering drive repairs in Newquay

Cornwall News: Officials say the traders in question are not genuine

String of 'super busy' days at A&E at Treliske

Cornwall News: Cornwall's main hospital has issued an urgent warning

Older articles
Most read

Cornwall's police issue latest public warning to would be holiday makers

Cornwall News: See point 1.15 which states: “You are not permitted to stay overnight away from the place where you are living for a holiday or similar purpose.”

Two people involved in a crash on the A338 have died

Cornwall News: A minibus collided with a lorry at Launceston.

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall