Latest crime statistics for Cheshire revealed in new data

CRIME has increased over the past year in Cheshire, official police records show, but less than in other parts of the North West.

Cheshire Police recorded 28,539 offenses in Cheshire West and Chester in the 12 months to March, according to the Office for National Statistics.

This is a 12% increase over the previous year.

In Cheshire East, 22,506 offenses were recorded in the 12 months to March.

However, at 83 (Cheshire West) and 58.2 (Cheshire East) crimes per 1,000 population, they are both lower than the rate in England and Wales, which stood at 89.3.

Supporting the government’s crime reduction ambition, Cheshire Police have had the highest homicide reduction rate in the UK and the lowest murder rate in the country.

The figures also reveal that the force saw a 5.3% reduction in the number of burglaries and a 19.7% reduction in the number of drug offences.

Of the other crimes recorded in the area over the past 12 months, 1,168 were sex offenses in West Cheshire, a 38% increase on the previous year.

Meanwhile, violent crimes increased in the region, from 11,789 to 13,372 during this period.

And theft offenses rose 11%, with 5,111 incidents recorded in the 12 months to March.

At 14.9 crimes per 1,000 population, this rate was well below the rate in England and Wales, which stood at 25.1.

Of the crimes recorded in Cheshire East over the past 12 months, 950 were sex offences, an increase of 42% on the previous year.

Violent crimes also increased, from 9,389 to 10,377.

Theft offenses increased by 2%, with 4,707 incidents recorded.

At 12.2 crimes per 1,000 population, this rate was also lower than the rate in England and Wales.

John Dwyer, Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “In Cheshire, we are making progress in preventing and tackling the most serious crimes, in line with my Policing and Crime Plan.

“I want people to have more confidence in the police.

“The fact that we have the lowest murder rate in the country, along with fewer burglaries and drug offenses, means people can trust that the police are focused on the issues that matter to them.

“Headlines around reports of sexual offenses and rape are concerning on their face, but it is essential that people also have the confidence to report their experience to the police.

“As one of the most successful forces in the country to secure charges for serious sexual offences, people can be assured of our determination to bring justice to victims.”