It is important that our whole community is and feels safe, that people are part of a cohesive society, are able to access the services and support they need to achieve their life goals and are not vulnerable to emotional distress as a result of their concerns about being a victim of crime and disorder.

Factsheet: Overall Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (PDF, 330kb)

Key messages

  • In 2015-16, there was an 11% rise in total crime recorded by Durham Constabulary when compared to 2014-15, increasing from 25,629 crimes to 28,464. During this period, County Durham had some of the lowest crime rates and highest solved rates nationally,
  • Violence Against the Person increased by 30% in 2015-16 compared to the previous year, from 5,334 recorded crimes to 7,544. This is in line with the rise nationally. This increase is due primarily to improvements in recording practices,
  • Police recorded anti-social behaviour reduced for a sixth consecutive year from 52,267 in 2009-10 to 20,704 in 2015-16, a reduction of 60.4%. There have been changes in recording practices since 2009-10, although the mainstreaming of effective police and partner mechanisms for dealing with ASB are believed to have played a significant part in these reductions.

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