PCCs welcome drop in crime but call for more support for victims of sexual offences
Today’s data from the Independent Office of National Statistics shows a 5 per cent decrease in overall crime compared with last year and continues the downward trend seen in recent years.
Recorded crime has dropped to 3.7 million offences – the lowest levels since 2002/03.
Although the overall statistics are good news, the number of sexual offences recorded by the police last year showed a 9 per cent increase.
Responding to these statistics, Tony Lloyd, Chairman of the APCC Board and Greater Manchester PCC said;
“Overall recorded crime is down to record low levels which will be welcome news to local communities. Congratulations must go to the police and partner agencies who continue to work together to reduce crime year-on-year.
I am concerned however about the increase in sexual offences. Although some of the recorded increase is related to historical cases this is a worrying trend and which must be addressed. There is also a need to offer greater support to the victims of sexual offences.
Police and Crime Commissioners are very supportive of their local Sexual Assault Referral Centres and other local support services which continue to play an important role in supporting victims. We must also work to encourage greater co-ordination between support groups and the police to ensure that victims feel confident to speak out.”