New figures released show that recorded crime across North Wales fell by 14% for the year to June 2013.
A total of 36,584 crimes were recorded including assaults, thefts, robberies, burglaries, criminal damage and arson, fraud and drug offences compared to 42,753 for the same 12-month period in 2012 and 41,901 in 2011, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.
Total recorded crimes per area:
Wrexham: 9,836 in June 2013. 11,154 in 2012 and 10,409 in 2011.
Anglesey: 2,557 in June 2013. 3,235 in 2012 and 3,356 in 2011.
Gwynedd: 5,747 in June 2013. 7,116 in 2012 and 7,065 in 2011.
Flintshire: 7,106 in June 2013. 7,559 in 2012 and 7,427 in 2011.
Denbighshire: 5,144 in June 2013. 6,796 in 2012 and 6,720 in 2011.
Conwy: 6,194 in 2013. 6,893 in 2012 and 6,924 in 2011.
Recorded crime across England and Wales fell 7% to a record low in the year to June.
Assistant Chief Constable, Simon Shaw said “It is very encouraging that overall crime is down in North Wales. The survey figures up to June 2013 show a fall in crime of over 14% in North Wales, which makes this the largest reduction in recorded crime in England and Wales over the 12 month period.”
“However, while the results are very pleasing it is important that we don’t become complacent and that we continue to remain focused and work hard with our partners to ensure North Wales remains a safe place to live, work and visit.”
Following on from a story in May regarding local crime stats there is an interesting forum thread (viewable here) over the differences in reported crime and recorded crime.
One local trader posted “Every event that happens at our shop is not in the public’s interest, we have had theft, shoplifting, trespassing, criminal damage and forced entry, but because we aren’t over a threshold, our events are not worth the work, maybe if they were caught, given an exclusion order for repeated offending they wouldn’t be able to enter the town to take anymore money away from the business.”
You can read the thread an take part in the debate here…