Northamptonshire has UK’s biggest rise in burglaries

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster

Northamptonshire has seen the country’s biggest percentage increase in five crime areas, despite overall crime falling in the county.

Figures released by the Home Office show that Northamptonshire has seen the biggest percentage increase in theft offences, domestic burglary, vehicle offences, theft from the person and shoplifting in England and Wales.

The figures relate to crimes committed between April 2012 and April 2013, compared to April 2011 and April 2012.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster said he was happy that overall crime had reduced, as well as violent crime, but admitted that work needs to be done in certain areas.

He added: “Let’s be open and honest, there are some challenges for us to manage.

“But the good news is overall crime is falling.”

He added that he was particularly pleased with the force’s work on serious acquisitive crime but conceded numbers of other crimes had ‘crept up’.

During the period covered by the figures theft from the person has risen by 48 per cent.

Domestic burglary has risen by 27 per cent, burglary by 14 per cent and shoplifting by 18 per cent.

Vehicle offences have also risen by nine per cent.

Asst Chief Con Foster, who joined the force in June, said a number of areas had already been highlighted and work has already been done to help reduce these figures.

This work includes special operations, making a ‘hostile environment’ for criminals to commit vehicle crime, and targeting known criminals through use of intelligence.

Overall, crime has fallen by five percent. There has also been a reduction of 12 per cent of violence against the person, a 13 per cent decrease in robbery and a 10 per cent drop in criminal damage and arson.