Crime figures show mixed picture

The latest crime figures for January show that overall crime in Northamptonshire has fallen, but the number of resolved cases has also fallen

The latest crime figures for January show that overall crime in Northamptonshire has fallen, but the number of resolved cases has also fallen

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The latest crime figures for January show that overall crime in Northamptonshire has fallen, but the number of resolved cases has also fallen.

The figures for Northamptonshire as a whole show that overall recorded crime fell by 16.2 per cent. However, the number of resolved crimes also dropped by 22.4 per cent compared with January 2013.

The figures for the county as a whole show that robbery of a business property has doubled from five cases in January last year to 10 this January, while the number of rapes has gone down from 33 to 24.

There has been little change in the figures for Corby, with total crime down by 1.2 per cent. There has been a big drop in the number of domestic burglaries.

In January 2013 there were 22 house burglaries, this fell to seven in January this year.

Kettering has seen a drop of 10.4 per cent in total recorded crime, from 491 in January 2013 to 440 this January.

The figures show there has been a big increase in the number of thefts from a vehicle, from 22 in January last year to 51 this January.

East Northamptonshire has seen the biggest drop in the number of resolved crimes in the north of the county, with a fall of 43.7 per cent.

Seven vehicles were stolen in January this year compared with only three in the same period last year.

House burglaries have also increased from 19 to 24, a rise of 26.3 per cent.

In Wellingborough the figures show that recorded incidences of drug possession have fallen by 52.6 per cent, with nine cases this January compared with 19 in January 2013.

Non-domestic burglary has also dropped from 42 in January 2013 to 27 in January this year, a fall of 35.7 per cent.

Overall recorded crime in the town has fallen by 38.6 per cent.

A police spokesman said the force is confident of meeting its own target to reduce violent crime.

He added: “Figures recorded between February 2013 and February 2014 show crime rates are down, with more than 7,000 fewer incidents compared to the previous 12 months.”