Crime down in a year marred by stabbings

Stabbings and murders, such as a recent death in Eastborough, have made headlines - but crime is down. 131551j
Stabbings and murders, such as a recent death in Eastborough, have made headlines - but crime is down. 131551j

In a year of high-profile knife crime and murder, new police figures show that violent crime has fallen in Scarborough.

And crime on the whole is down compared to the previous 12 months, with the number of offences falling in several key categories.

Scarborough Police say the figures paint a more accurate figure of crime in the town, which has been the setting for two violent murders already this year.

Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, who recently told The Scarborough News she didn’t think there was a major crime problem in the town, said: ”With overall crime down these figures are positive, especially given the summer we’ve had.”

Overall, violent crime is down 6.3 per cent compared to 2012, with additional sizeable reductions in vehicle offences, shoplifting and arson and damage.

For Chief Inspector Mark Grange, one of the most pleasing aspects is the dramatic drop in the number of incidents involving anti-social behaviour.

There have been 175 fewer incidents in the past year, but he said: “The figures are one thing but what we don’t want to say is that this is the end of it.

“You just need a few high profile cases like we have had recently to make people think that crime is worse than it is,” said Inspector Grange, referring to the violent stabbings that have grabbed the headlines this year.

Despite crime falling overall by 0.7 per cent this year, there have been significant increases in certain key areas of crime.

Robbery is on the rise, although there have only been a handful of incidents, and public order offences are up by over 25 per cent.

Mrs Mulligan claims this is because more officers were brought in over the summer, to halt rowdy behaviour before it escalated into a more serious offence.

Inspector Grange added: “There’s a mixed view in Scarborough.

“Some will see there’s a problem with crime, others see it’s getting better.”