Shoplifting rises as crime rate stays static across Devon

Mid Devon Star: Shoplifting rises as crime rate stays static across Devon Shoplifting rises as crime rate stays static across Devon

Crime across Devon has remained largely static with a small increase of 0.6 per cent, figures released today show, however shoplifting has risen by over 10 per cent.

Crime in the year to June 30, 2014 saw an increase in 235 recorded offences, (41,568 up to 41,803), meaning less than one more crime a day is being reported in the county compared to 2013.

Dwelling burglary and non-dwelling burglary have seen a reduction of 285 offences in total, with vehicle offences also down by 6.8 per cent and criminal damage by 6.8 per cent.

Some areas have seen a rise with violence without injury up by 15.9 per cent and shoplifting up by 11.8 per cent.

No specific figures for sexual offences were released by police, however forcewide the rate increased by over 10 per cent.

The figures come as a 0.4 per cent increase in crime for the whole Devon and Cornwall force over the same time period is announced.

Devon commander, Chief Superintendent Paul Davies said: “The rise in crime is very small and represents a largely static crime picture across the county.

“I am pleased to see substantial reductions in many victim-focused crimes which affect people’s lives hugely.

“Domestic abuse, which accounts for a large part of all violent crime, has been and remains a key priority for ourselves and partners across the county. We know that victims are more likely than ever to come forward and will continue to work and improve in this area.”

Ch Supt Davies added: “There is a national trend in areas like shoplifting increasing and we are working with retailers of all sizes in our communities to look at why these offences happen and the best way to prevent them happening in the first place.

“Violent crime and in particular drink related crime remains a challenge for us in the county. The night time economy is a vibrant business in Devon, but this needs to be effectively managed with licensees and local people to reduce the impact drink related harm can have.

“I’m confident moving forward that I have the staff, in a difficult financial climate, to make a real difference to local communities and increase safety wherever possible.”

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