Crime up since last year

Ron Hogg

Ron Hogg

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Derwentside & Tyneside)

OVERALL crime in County Durham has risen in the past year, figures have revealed.

Durham Constabulary has seen year-on-year reductions in recorded crime between 2006 and 2013, which resulted in a 44 per cent fall in offences and almost 24,000 fewer crimes.

But during the past 12 months there has been a 10 per cent increase in crime compared to the previous year.

County Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, said: “Despite this increase in recorded crime, County Durham and Darlington remains one of the safest places in the country to live, work and visit.

“We have solved more crimes this year and continue to have some of the best performance for this in the country.”

The types of crime which has caused the increase relate to drug offences, violent crime and sexual offences and theft.

Mr Hogg said increases in violent crime and sexual offences largely relate to a higher volume of historical incidents that are being reported in response to the Jimmy Savile investigation.

He said Durham Constabulary’s investigation of the Medomsley Detention Centre illustrates that victims are now confident to come forward.

Mr Hogg said: “We will continue to deal with such crimes effectively and sensitively, ensuring that the victim remains at the heart of everything we do.”

The increase in theft and stealing offences are predominantly in relation to shoplifting where the most commonly stolen items are food, toiletries and clothes.

Mr Hogg said people are now less likely to be victims of household burglary or having items stolen from their vehicles”.

Durham’s Chief Constable Mike Barton, said: “Durham Constabulary continues to put victims first, investigating and solving crime and community problems.”

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12:58am Tue 1 Apr 14

sablepoot1967 says...

Hmmm!!! Thats not suprising....Two words: Bedroom tax!
Hmmm!!! Thats not suprising....Two words: Bedroom tax! sablepoot1967
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7:12am Tue 1 Apr 14

stevegg says...

What goes down, must eventually go up. Cutting 400 police officer posts from Durham ranks over the last 4 years has obviously contributed towards this as well.
What goes down, must eventually go up. Cutting 400 police officer posts from Durham ranks over the last 4 years has obviously contributed towards this as well. stevegg
  • Score: 4

7:36am Tue 1 Apr 14

Ron Carter-Bonsteel says...

Cannot believe it a police force being truthful and saying crime going up? Crime as been on the increase for decades now but we have forces and Governments fiddling figures like the unemployment and many others to show something is working when clearly it's not. Victims in this Country are being let down time and time again because we have too many do-gooders and a soft criminal justice system that is eager to stop criminals going to prison as they have limited places and instead of jailing more people we are seeing criminals rack up offences after offences.
People say prison does not work but personally speaking it stops them from committing further crimes and stops them destroying people's lives.it's one less house break in,one less assault etc.
Until we see sentences fit the crime then victims will always be the losers and Society will a less safer place to live.
Cannot believe it a police force being truthful and saying crime going up? Crime as been on the increase for decades now but we have forces and Governments fiddling figures like the unemployment and many others to show something is working when clearly it's not. Victims in this Country are being let down time and time again because we have too many do-gooders and a soft criminal justice system that is eager to stop criminals going to prison as they have limited places and instead of jailing more people we are seeing criminals rack up offences after offences. People say prison does not work but personally speaking it stops them from committing further crimes and stops them destroying people's lives.it's one less house break in,one less assault etc. Until we see sentences fit the crime then victims will always be the losers and Society will a less safer place to live. Ron Carter-Bonsteel
  • Score: 7

7:38am Tue 1 Apr 14

Ally F says...

Countless times over the last 12 months we have all read articles in the Northern Echo of pathetic sentences handed out to serial offenders; a fine to be paid out of benefits (i.e. paid the tax payer); a few hours community service (which never gets served due to inadequate staffing and supervision), token gesture compensation to the victim that is a fraction of the financial proceeds of the crime, etc. Sometimes nothing more than a slapped hand and a few stern words for the record.

And now recorded crime in County Durham is on the increase.... You don't need to be a Detective Inspector to draw the link. Sentencing must be punitive, harsh and above all consistent. It needs to make a criminal stop and really think about the likely consequences of their actions.

Most victims would rather the criminal was 'at the heart of everything the police do' - find them, punish them, and keep on their backs until they change their ways.

A small number of prolific serial criminals produce the vast majority of low level crime statistics in the county; lock them up and watch the numbers plummet.
Countless times over the last 12 months we have all read articles in the Northern Echo of pathetic sentences handed out to serial offenders; a fine to be paid out of benefits (i.e. paid the tax payer); a few hours community service (which never gets served due to inadequate staffing and supervision), token gesture compensation to the victim that is a fraction of the financial proceeds of the crime, etc. Sometimes nothing more than a slapped hand and a few stern words for the record. And now recorded crime in County Durham is on the increase.... You don't need to be a Detective Inspector to draw the link. Sentencing must be punitive, harsh and above all consistent. It needs to make a criminal stop and really think about the likely consequences of their actions. Most victims would rather the criminal was 'at the heart of everything the police do' - find them, punish them, and keep on their backs until they change their ways. A small number of prolific serial criminals produce the vast majority of low level crime statistics in the county; lock them up and watch the numbers plummet. Ally F
  • Score: 8

10:40am Tue 1 Apr 14

behonest says...

Perhaps Ron Hogg should now spend less time on political stunts like urging the government to hit everyone with a minimum alcohol tax, and spend more of his time (and our money) on what we pay him to do - oversee the police in tackling crime. So far, he's failing us.
Perhaps Ron Hogg should now spend less time on political stunts like urging the government to hit everyone with a minimum alcohol tax, and spend more of his time (and our money) on what we pay him to do - oversee the police in tackling crime. So far, he's failing us. behonest
  • Score: 3

10:47am Tue 1 Apr 14

Daza says...

behonest wrote:
Perhaps Ron Hogg should now spend less time on political stunts like urging the government to hit everyone with a minimum alcohol tax, and spend more of his time (and our money) on what we pay him to do - oversee the police in tackling crime. So far, he's failing us.
A Minimum alcohol price would cut crime...congrats to Ron Hogg trying to get this in...but ask yourself this..

Durham had about 1700 + Officers in 2010.

Mike Barton recently stated on a TV programme they now have 1200!

How can a small force like Durham lose nearly 600 Officers in 4 years and not suffer as a consequence

The blame lies with the Govt. and their budget cuts.

Ronn Hogg can only do so much under the massive cuts he has had to endure!
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Ron Hogg should now spend less time on political stunts like urging the government to hit everyone with a minimum alcohol tax, and spend more of his time (and our money) on what we pay him to do - oversee the police in tackling crime. So far, he's failing us.[/p][/quote]A Minimum alcohol price would cut crime...congrats to Ron Hogg trying to get this in...but ask yourself this.. Durham had about 1700 + Officers in 2010. Mike Barton recently stated on a TV programme they now have 1200! How can a small force like Durham lose nearly 600 Officers in 4 years and not suffer as a consequence The blame lies with the Govt. and their budget cuts. Ronn Hogg can only do so much under the massive cuts he has had to endure! Daza
  • Score: -3

2:01pm Tue 1 Apr 14

behonest says...

Daza wrote:
behonest wrote:
Perhaps Ron Hogg should now spend less time on political stunts like urging the government to hit everyone with a minimum alcohol tax, and spend more of his time (and our money) on what we pay him to do - oversee the police in tackling crime. So far, he's failing us.
A Minimum alcohol price would cut crime...congrats to Ron Hogg trying to get this in...but ask yourself this..

Durham had about 1700 + Officers in 2010.

Mike Barton recently stated on a TV programme they now have 1200!

How can a small force like Durham lose nearly 600 Officers in 4 years and not suffer as a consequence

The blame lies with the Govt. and their budget cuts.

Ronn Hogg can only do so much under the massive cuts he has had to endure!
You're exaggerating the figures, by quite a bit.

1,682 Police Officers and PCSO's in March 2010, and the plan is to have 1,474 by 31 Mar 2015. So a reduction of just over 200. Which is a lot, lot less than 'nearly 600'!

And no-one knows if the minimum price tax would reduce crime, that's just part of the spin being used to fool us into accepting it.
[quote][p][bold]Daza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Ron Hogg should now spend less time on political stunts like urging the government to hit everyone with a minimum alcohol tax, and spend more of his time (and our money) on what we pay him to do - oversee the police in tackling crime. So far, he's failing us.[/p][/quote]A Minimum alcohol price would cut crime...congrats to Ron Hogg trying to get this in...but ask yourself this.. Durham had about 1700 + Officers in 2010. Mike Barton recently stated on a TV programme they now have 1200! How can a small force like Durham lose nearly 600 Officers in 4 years and not suffer as a consequence The blame lies with the Govt. and their budget cuts. Ronn Hogg can only do so much under the massive cuts he has had to endure![/p][/quote]You're exaggerating the figures, by quite a bit. 1,682 Police Officers and PCSO's in March 2010, and the plan is to have 1,474 by 31 Mar 2015. So a reduction of just over 200. Which is a lot, lot less than 'nearly 600'! And no-one knows if the minimum price tax would reduce crime, that's just part of the spin being used to fool us into accepting it. behonest
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