Slight increase in total recorded crime’s in North Wales, big jump in weapons, robbery and sex offences.
Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today show recorded crime in the North Wales rose by 0.28%
There were 36,538 offences recorded by North Wales Police (NWP) in the 12 months to September 2014 – 101 more than the same period last year.
Here’s where it gets a bit confusing though, the ONS release, at the same time, both the figures recorded by actual police forces, and results from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW)
CSEW numbers come from a survey of 50,000 households across England and Wales and covers a broad range of victim based crimes including crimes which do not come to the attention of the police.
Latest figures from the Crime Survey show that, for the offences it covers, there were an estimated 7.0 million incidents of crime against households and resident adults (aged 16 and over) in England and Wales.
This represents an 11% decrease compared with the previous year’s survey, and is the lowest estimate since the CSEW began in 1981
In contrast, police recorded crime shows little overall change across the UK from the previous year, with 3.7 million offences recorded in the year ending September 2014.
The renewed focus on the quality of crime recording is likely to have prompted improved compliance with national standards, leading to more crimes being recorded than previously.
The gold-standard national statistics status has also been withdrawn from police recorded crime figures following repeated allegations that some of the quarterly published figures have been subject to a degree inaccuracy.
In North Wales the greatest percentage rise in crimes are those classed as weapon offences up 35.3% on the previously year, robbery up 28.2% while sexual offences rose 22.7% from 878 to 1077 within the time period.
The UK is seeing the highest ever levels of sexual abuse and rape levels recorded, the increase in sex crimes is in part due to growing confidence among victims that police will treat their complaints seriously on the back of high profile cases recently.
Bicycle theft, non domestic and domestic burglary had the greatest reductions in the NWP region over the period.
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