Crime falls but reports of thefts and sexual offences on the rise
10:40am Friday 25th October 2013 in NW
CRIME in Greater Manchester is continuing to fall – but the number of sexual offences and thefts reported has risen.
Figures released last week show that while overall crime is down nine per cent, sexual offences have risen by 15 per cent and thefts from people in public is up 17 per cent.
The statistics, released by the Home Office, are for the period between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
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 in June 2012 of dedicated units investigating serious sexual offences, bringing about more consistent crime recording practices across the force.
“Broadly speaking, however, it is clear that these figures say more about how better equipped GMP is in supporting victims through the investigative process.”
The increase of thefts relates to mobile phone theft, with reports climbing as smartphones become more popular.
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