ONS Crime Statistics – year ending September 2021 – statement

The latest crime figures for England and Wales have been released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) covering the 12 month period ending September 2021.

Crime in Norfolk has increased slightly over this period by 1.3%, but the force continues to see significant reductions in burglary, theft, theft and criminal damage crimes*. Knife crime also decreased by more than 30% during this period.

Chief Constable Paul Sanford said the reductions are a testament to the hard work of officers and staff in tackling the crimes that have the greatest impact on communities.

Mr Sanford said: “Our aim is to provide exceptional policing to our communities and these latest statistics demonstrate that we are working well in many areas to prevent crime and protect the people of Norfolk. While I accept that these statistics continue to be influenced by the pandemic, they are also a testament to the hard work of officers and staff to reduce crime and keep our communities safe.

“It is pleasing to see continued reductions in crimes that often have the greatest impact on our communities, such as residential burglaries which have fallen by 25% and Norfolk has the second lowest burglary rate in England and Wales. . Burglary is an intrusive crime that we take seriously, which is evident in our efforts to investigate and bring offenders to justice. Last week, detectives charged two men in connection with separate break-ins in the coastal and central areas of Great Yarmouth.

The county has seen an increase in violence with injuries, sexual offenses with the largest increase in stalking and stalking at 46%. Mr Sanford explained that the increase is largely due to a change in the law which came into force in April 2020. This means that when behavior is reported between a victim and their former partner, it must be recorded as harassment criminal, unless the officer in the case clearly shows why the case amounts to harassment only. The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of violent crimes occur behind closed doors and/or between people who know each other.

Mr Sanford said: “Although we expect these increases, they are of course still a concern. However, we are working hard to address this by ensuring prompt and professional investigations while supporting victims and, where possible, bringing offenders to justice.

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Residential burglaries down 25%

Non-residential burglaries down 33%

Theft offenses down 19%

Robberies down 18%

Criminal damage and arson down 5%