Statistics show rise in recorded crimes in areas of Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 15:46 19 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 19 January 2017
The number of recorded crimes in three out of four Exmouth neighbourhoods rose year-on-year in 2016, according to figures released by Devon and Cornwall Police.
Compared to 2015, the figure for Littleham rose by 30.4 per cent, from 227 to 296, the figure for Exmouth Town rose by 15.6 per cent, from 770 to 890, and the figure for Halsdon and Withycombe rose by 10.1 per cent, from 248 to 273.
However, the figure for Brixington fell by 18.3 per cent, from 235 to 192.
In neighbouring Budleigh, Bicton and Raleigh, there was a 25.2 per cent increase, from 143 to 179.
Across Exeter, East and Mid Devon, there was a 10.1 per cent rise in recorded crimes.
Across the whole Devon and Cornwall Police area, there was a 5.8 per cent rise.
Discussing the force-wide figures, Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton said: “Crime figures only represent a minor part of what we as a police force actually do; around 80 per cent of our business in non-crime related.
“We have one of the highest levels of public confidence of any force across the country, and this means that people feel supported and confident that we will take their crime seriously.
“The upshot of this confidence from our public, is that we will see a rise in the reporting of certain crime types.
“We have worked hard as a Force to improve our response in a number of key crime areas such as rape, sexual offences, modern slavery and domestic violence.
“In recent years we have seen a huge rise in both current and historic reporting in these areas, and I am encouraged that victims are finding the courage to come forward and reach out to us knowing that that they will be supported.
“No victim should suffer in silence, and Devon and Cornwall Police will continue to work hard to support these people and to give a voice to each and every one of them, regardless if this sees a rise in our crime figures.
“There has also been a number of new laws introduced which will see a rise in crime figures for all forces across the country, not just in Devon and Cornwall.
“An example of this is the introduction of the Malicious Communications Act, which is responsible for just under half of the increase in total recorded crime in 2016 in Devon and Cornwall.
“Examples of new crimes that fall within this act include abusive and threatening messages sent via social media, phone calls that the victim perceives as threatening in their nature, and even an abusive note left on the windshield of a car for parking in-front of someone’s house.
“I am confident that not only are my staff and officers working hard to protect and serve the public of Devon and Cornwall, but that this part of the UK continues to remain a safe place to live, work, and visit, and that the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is still very low.”