Crime continues to fall in Cheshire and buck the national trend

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New figures show that Cheshire was one of just eight police forces across England and Wales that saw a reduction in crime across the 12 months to March.

The figures released today (Thursday 20 July) by the Office for National Statistics show a 3.9% reduction in overall crime recorded in Cheshire during this period, in contrast to the national average increase of 4.5%.

This is the second successive quarter that crime has fallen in Cheshire, following a 1.7% reduction in the figures released in April 2023.

Reductions were seen across many categories of crime, including robbery from businesses (-25.6%), hate crime (-16.8%), public order offences (-14.4%), drugs trafficking (-12.2%), and stalking and harassment (-9.8%).

Although Cheshire saw a high increase for possession of weapons offences (+96.2%), which Cheshire Police say is largely down to a huge drive in proactively stopping and searching people officers believe are up to no good.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts said "These figures reflect the hard work of Cheshire Police officers and staff, who are continuing to do all they can to make this county hostile to criminals. We continue to carry out cross border operations to deter those who travel into Cheshire to commit crime.

"Just last week Operation Crossbow took place, a multi-agency partnership with West Mercia Police, Staffordshire Police, and British Transport Police, as part of ongoing efforts to disrupt criminal activity across the region and deny criminals the use of the roads.

"Our officers have also been working closely with the communities they serve by launching initiatives to not only catch offenders and prevent criminal behaviour, but also offer advice and public reassurance to residents and businesses. This includes taking part in the recent Anti-social Behaviour Awareness Week.

"Cheshire also continues to have one of the highest charge rates for burglary in the UK, along with one of the highest charge rates for sexual offences.

"All of this sets a strong example to anyone who thinks they can come and commit crime in Cheshire and get away with it. I hope members of the public will also be reassured of the action we will carry out to prevent our residents, businesses, and communities from becoming victims of crime.

"Away from the frontline, our police staff are playing a huge part in protecting those who live in Cheshire. In May, the force control room saw a record-breaking number of 999 calls, up 17.8% on May 2022. Despite this, our mean answer time was 9.9 seconds, under the national target of 10 seconds, and an 0.8% improvement from May last year.

"This puts Cheshire 10th out of 43 forces for call answer times – up two places from April - and is the 7th month in a row where performance improvements have been made.

"Overall, these latest figures highlight Cheshire as one of the safest places to live in the country, and I am very pleased to recognise the hard work of everyone in the Constabulary."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Janet Stephenson
Friday 21st July 2023 at 9:14 am
I wonder why? Is it because many people like me think it is not worth reporting? It seems that in most instances a crime number is given for less serious offences and nothing else done
As an ex Bobby I cannot believe how things have changed
Jonathan Follows
Monday 24th July 2023 at 9:52 am
Janet Stephenson is exactly right; it's reported/recorded crime figures that have fallen, not actual incidences of crime. The real question is what the correlation between the reported and real figures is, and whether this has changed over time. I suspect that in many of the categories claimed to have a reduction in the twelve months to March are influenced by an increasing unwillingness to report incidences of crime, because there's generally little point in doing so these days.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 26th July 2023 at 3:53 pm
These percentages are pretty meaningless, it would be more useful to show the number of offences. 96% increase in possession of offensive weapons would be alarming if there were say 1000 such offences, rather less so if there were 5.