Violent crime in Peterborough up 15 per cent in last year

Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

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Violent crime has risen in Peterborough by 15 per cent in the past year.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show the number of recorded incidents of violent crime has increased from 3,189 by the end of September 2014 to 3,674 12 months later.

In total, crime has risen by 2.7 per cent in the last year with 15,541 incidents in the city over that time.

The other statistics show a decrease in all thefts, including bike thefts, but a rise in burglaries and sexual offences.

The rise of 485 extra violent crimes are all from incidents without injury.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “While there is an increase in recorded crime, our increase (3 per cent) is lower than the regional (7 per cent) and national (6 per cent) averages.

“It reflects our commitment to improve consistency in crime recording so the public can have confidence in the statistics and in reporting crimes to us in the first place.

“We now record incidents as crimes when previously they might have been recorded as anti-social behaviour or simply a suspicious incident. This accounts for much of the increase.

“In Cambridgeshire we have been consistent – working hard to reduce crime but not focusing on numbers. Our aim is to reduce harm and protect the most vulnerable, particularly in crimes such as domestic burglary where offences dropped by seven per cent. We are determined to build on that and have launched Operation Hunter to prioritise burglary investigation and prevention in the county.”

Full breakdown of crime figures (September 2014 figures listed first, then September 2015 figures)

All other theft offences - 2.218, 1.986

Bicycle theft - 847, 723

Criminal damage and arson - 2.249, 2.489

Domestic burglary - 667, 684

Drug offences - 719, 608

Fraud offences to 2012/13 - 0, 0

Homicide - 2, 1

Miscellaneous crimes against society - 241, 302

Non-domestic burglary - 831, 863

Possession of weapons offences - 94, 114

Public order offences - 607, 661

Robbery - 245, 302

Sexual offences - 368, 405

Shoplifting - 1.584, 1.559

Theft from the person - 311, 304

Vehicle offences - 1.369, 1,288

Violence with injury - 1.524, 1.523

Violence without injury - 1.665, 2.151

Total crime - 15,541, 15,963