‘We did see a reduction in some areas of crime’- Police report crime drop
According to official Police records crime has fallen in Allerdale over the past twelve months. Cumbria Constabulary recorded 6,259 offences in Allerdale in the 12 months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics. That was a decrease of 9% compared to the previous year, when there were 6,880.
Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Holden said: “The global pandemic presented unique challenges for the whole of society. “During parts of the pandemic we did see a reduction in some areas of crime and an increase in others, the decrease in some areas can be attributed to the impact of the social restrictions that were placed on us all. “However in addition the reduction in demand in some areas of business presented opportunities for us to apply more focus and resources on other areas, particularly in relation to preventative activity.
“As a force we had to adapt to the challenges of Covid-19 alongside the everyday policing demands of keeping people safe and preventing and solving crime. “During this time, we continued to make a number of notable developments to support our communities and provide them with the best possible policing service.” In Allerdale there was a decrease in both sexual and violent offences which dropped by 8% and 5% respectively.
Possessions of weapons such as firearms and knives, public order offences and theft offences were all down by 21%, 6% and 22% respectively. Incidents of criminal damage and arson were also down by 9% whilst drug offences and stalking related offences rose by 11% and 4% respectively. At 64 crimes per 1,000 people, that was far lower than the rate across England and Wales, which stood at 81.3.
Cumbria Police say they have expanded neighbourhood teams to rural areas. The officers are then better placed to get to know the issues on their patch and respond accordingly. There has been successful use of Stalking Protection Orders which help to protect victims.
Child-centred policing teams have been launched which focus on children who need support and intervention to improve their lives and divert away from crime. Weekly social media surgeries have been held on domestic abuse and exploitation so the public can seek support. These received recognition from the Prime Minister and Home Secretary.
Detective Holden added: “Our officers continue to work closely with partner agencies and the communities we serve to address concerns or issues that arise.”