Crime in Cheshire rises the most in England
Crime in Cheshire has risen higher than anywhere in the country according to new figures from Cheshire Police.
Over 71,342 crimes were recorded from July 2017 to June 2017 – a 34% rise from the previous year.
Greater Manchester and Durham also reported spikes of over 30% – there’s been an average rise of crime of 14%.
Police have attributed the rise to the way that they now record violent crimes, which were up by 41% to 20,285. Anti-social behaviour offences are now recorded as a public order offences which are categorised as a violent crime. Public order offences were up by 231 percent to 12,039 in the year to June.
Deputy Chief Constable Darren Martland said the increase was disappointing.
He said: “This rise does need to be put into context. Changes were introduced nationally to ensure consistency in how crimes are recorded.
“To meet the standards we have introduced dedicated staff to ensure crimes are recorded and categorised accurately. For example incidents of disorder in a public area may have been categorised previously as anti-social behaviour rather than as a crime, and this new way of recording is being reflected in our data – hence the increase.”