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New crime records released on Thursday 17th July show that crime figures remain static across Devon. Although crime has risen marginally by 0.6 percent, overall the crime rate remains low.
Although some areas have seen a rise, with violence without injury up by 15.9 percent and shoplifting up by 11.8 percent, other areas have seen a decrease. 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. 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.”
Force wide, the Devon and Cornwall Police saw a small increase in crime figures but rates remain static on a whole. Plymouth saw a small rise and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly saw crime rates continuing to fall. The force has fourteen more full time equivalent police officers than last year, supported by almost six hundred members of the Special Constabulary. The police force has had to deal with a loss of forty million pounds less in their budget, but Assistant Chief Constable Andy Bickley states that: “We continue to have a committed and highly skilled workforce which the Force and wider public can rightly be proud of.”
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