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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Latest figures show crime down in North Wales

This morning (Thursday) saw the release of the Crime Survey for England and Wales Data to year ending March 2013.
Latest figures show recorded crime in North Wales went down by 12.4% during the 12 months under review.
The figures also show that a low proportion of people experienced or witnessed anti-social behaviour in the force area.
In North Wales 19.9% had experienced or witnessed anti-social behaviour, which is significantly lower than the England and Wales average of 28.9% and the Wales average of 28.3%.
During the year there has been a significant increase in the reporting of rape and sexual offences, the number being up 30.8% the majority now being managed by the newly established multi-agency dedicated rape investigators on ‘Team Amethyst’.
The Operation Pallial investigation into recent allegations of historic child abuse, commenced during the same period,  has also contributed towards an increase in reported offences which we hope suggests greater public confidence in how we manage the victims and investigation of such offences.
Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: “North Wales Police is maintaining a reduction in crime. We are aware of the increase in the reporting rape and sexual offences and in June this year we set up Amethyst, a dedicated rape team.  We are continuing to work hard to drive crime down further and make North Wales safer.
“The Force is working closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner and focusing on the objectives in the Police and Crime Plan. Rural crime officers will be launched  later this summer, which is one of the significant targets in the plan.”

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