Crime down across region - but thefts and sex offences up
CRIME across Greater Manchester has fallen by nine per cent in the past year — but thefts and sexual offences have risen.
The Home Office statistics also revealed the amount of sexual offences have increased by 15 per cent and sexual offences by 17 per cent between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.
Police say high profile investigations such as the Jimmy Savile inquiry have given other victims the courage to come forward.
Greater Manchester Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “These figures demonstrate that victims of sexual offences are continuing to have more confidence in coming to the police, which is a positive thing.
“The rise also coincides with the introduction of dedicated units investigating serious sexual offences in June, 2012, bringing about more consistent crime recording practices across the force.
The increase in thefts from people are said to due to an increase in the popularity of smart phones. Last year 5,000 phones, worth more than £1.9 million, were stolen. Operation Network has been launched to reduce theft offences.
Mr Hopkins added: “Although it may seem like low level criminality, this is not the case. Organised crime groups are becoming involved in the theft of mobile phones as this funds further criminal activity.”
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