Significant fall in Northamptonshire crime

The number of reported crimes fell across the north of the county during the six months to October 2013, according to figures obtained from Northants Police
The number of reported crimes fell across the north of the county during the six months to October 2013, according to figures obtained from Northants Police
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The number of reported crimes fell across the north of the county during the six months to October 2013, according to figures obtained from Northants Police.

There were almost 10,700 reported crimes in Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough between April and October last year.

That represents a fall of 15 per cent, or about 1,900 crimes, compared to the same period in 2012.

And, although there was a slight fall in the number of crimes that were resolved from 3,411 to 3,328, as a percentage of incidents reported that also improved.

Among some of the more significant figures was a fall in the number of reported incidents of shoplifting in Corby by more than a third.

Meanwhile, across the north of the county as a whole, instances of domestic burglary fell by 21 per cent, non-domestic burglaries by 27 per cent and robberies by almost 12 per cent.

The number of offences of violence against the person – an umbrella term which includes a number of crimes such as common assault and actual bodily harm – fell from 2,254 in 2012/13 to 1,965 in 2013/14, or 13 per cent.

Dan Pickard, Corby town centre director, said the figures reflected his experience of crime having fallen in recent years.

“We have seen a downward trend for the last six years,” he said. “We are more than 80 per cent down with regard to crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

“Crime is at an all-time low. That’s everything from nuisance to graffiti to general crime. It’s a massive leap in the right direction.”

He said the town centre’s own dedicated security team worked closely with partner agencies such as the police and council and community projects such as Groundwork and Jam in the Hood.

But while overall crime is falling, there were some areas which saw a rise. Instances of vehicle crime went up in East Northants and in Wellingborough, and in the latter the rise was a significant 24 per cent.

Northamptonshire Police said none of its officers were available for interview. In a statement a spokesman said: “The reduction we’ve seen so far in overall crime is very encouraging.

“However, there is still more to do and we will be working hard to achieve further reductions throughout 2014.”

The numbers were released by Northamptonshire Police after a freedom of information request was submitted by the Telegraph.