Nottinghamshire Police has released its annual crime figures for 2018/19.
They show a predicted overall 11% increase, which is in line with current national trends, mainly caused by a rise in recorded levels of violent crime, in particular, the recently mandated separate recording of stalking and harassment cases, together with increased compliance to recording standards.
The force is performing well and above the national average in a number of significant areas, showing tangible reductions in homicide, death by dangerous/careless driving and burglary.
The force has augmented a number of proactive teams over recent months, including the Knife Crime Team, Burglary Teams and a newly created Robbery Team in May to target specific crimes and offenders. These latest figures show the results these teams are achieving.
The Burglary Team aims to disrupt and target potential and prolific offenders, as well as delivering crime prevention advice to local people. In the last 12 months, the number of recorded burglaries in Nottinghamshire has fallen by 5%, compared to the national average of 1%. Significantly, burglaries from homes have fallen by 8% and burglaries from sheds and garages have fallen by 22%.
Meanwhile, the Knife Crime Team has been working to proactively target potential offenders and remove knives from the streets. This work, combined with an increased rate of intelligence-led and targeted stop searches, has led to a 14% increase in the proactive detection of those in possession of weapons. Searches are up and the rates of recovery from such searches have been excellent.
The Knife Crime Team is taking a strategic approach towards tackling this national issue, focusing on preventative measures. As a result of this work, the rate of increase in knife crime offences in Nottinghamshire has reduced over recent months and is now under the national average and considerably under the regional average. Our work with partners continues to address such offending.
The force’s rate of robbery has now started to decrease over the past six months and with a dedicated Robbery Team set to launch in May, this is an area of keen focus during the next year. Nationally robbery has risen by 17% and only 14% here in Nottinghamshire. We want to really focus our collective efforts upon the offenders who undertake such activities.
A rise in some categories is welcome as it demonstrates a lot of hard enforcement work around drugs and drug dealing which has yielded some good results. Through listening to, and acting upon, local community intelligence, we have increased our detection of those in possession of drugs by 36%, compared to a national average of just 5% and our proactive targeting of drug dealers has led to an increase of 21%.
Of particular note is the force’s performance in terms of sexual offences – in the last 12 months, the force has seen a 1.4% increase in reports of sexual offences, an area that has historically seen large increases. Indeed, the national average has risen by 14%.
Other key areas include:
- A 40% decrease in homicides, compared to the national average of an 8% increase. Last year, less than 10 homicides were reported in Nottinghamshire
- A 45% decrease in deaths or serious injuries caused by unlawful driving, compared to a 5% decrease nationally
- A 13% increase in violence without injury offences compared to a 19% increase nationally
- A 3% decrease in vehicle offences compared with a 3% increase nationally
Overall, the force has seen an increase in recorded crime, which has been reflected across almost every force in the country, as a result of some tangible increases in violent crime and increased compliance with the National Crime Recording Standard.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “The latest figures show that we are increasingly targeting our resources in the right areas. An increase in the number of detections of weapons and drug offences mean that we are disrupting criminal activity and taking dangerous items off the streets, many of which have the potential for lethal consequences.
“Last year, we identified that burglary was an area where a more targeted approach was required and these figures show this approach has started to work. We will continue to focus our efforts on the areas where we can make the biggest difference to local people in reducing harm, renewing our focus on violent crime and continuing to foster good relationships with the communities we serve.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping said: “The figures released today reflect changes in reporting and recording practices and Nottinghamshire’s results are broadly in line with the rest of the country.
“Everyone recognises that resources are limited, that’s why it is important to target them effectively. Residents will be pleased to see a reduction in burglary, good performance on knife crime and an increased focus on robbery.
“Whilst the force deserve praise for what it has achieved, effective crime reduction depends on partnership working and information coming from the general public. At the end of the day, we all want to feel safe and secure in our homes and streets.”
- National comparison based on ONS figures for police recorded crime in England and Wales up to September 2018 compared with data for the year ending September 2017: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/policeforceareadatatables
- Figures for Nottinghamshire Police are from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, compared with the same period in 2017/18