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Tuesday, 16 January, 2001, 12:40 GMT
Crime figures: National and regional
According to the latest Home Office recorded crime figures there has been a sharp rise in violent crime but a slight decrease in property crime and drugs offences.

Check below for the national picture as well as a regional breakdown by police force area.

Recorded crime figures by offence
Offence group 12 months to Sept 1999 12 months to Sept 2000 % change
Violence against the person 551,157 588,846 +6.8
Sexual offences 37,400 37,263 -0.4
Robbery 74,835 90,410 +20.8
Total violent crime 663,392 716,519 +8.0
Burglary 935,343 862,671 -7.8
Total theft & handling stolen goods 2,218,829 2,179,674 -1.8
Theft of and from vehicles 1,071,788 1,000,317 -6.7
Fraud & forgery 313,833 328,306 +4.6
Criminal damage 908,651 953,979 +5.0
Total property crime 4,376,656 4,324,630 -1.2
Drug offences 129,670 115,492 -10.9
Other notifiable offences 64,708 64,775 +0.1
Total all offences 5,234,426 5,221,416 -0.2
Source: Home Office
Notifiable offences recorded by the police by offence

Recorded crime figures by police force area
Areas Oct98 Sept99 Oct99 Sept00 Change no. Change %
Avon & Somerset 149,123 145,433 -3,690 -2.5
Bedfordshire 52,480 51,554 -926 -1.8
Cambs. 68,872 66,884 -1,988 -2.9
Cheshire 62,864 64,134 +1,270 +2.0
Cleveland 66,462 64,454 -2,008 -3.0
Cumbria 39,775 34,453 -5,322 -13.4
Derbyshire 86,170 82,717 -3,453 -4.0
Devon & Cornwall 111,444 105,779 -5,665 -5.1
Dorset 51,781 52,003 +222 +0.4
Durham 49,180 46,915 -2,265 -4.6
Essex 99,815 105,370 +5,555 +5.6
Gloucs. 50,508 49,153 -1,355 -2.7
Greater Manchester 365,972 372,013 +6,041 +1.7
Hampshire 127,306 136,221 +8,915 +7.0
Hertfordshire 50,130 58,586 +8,456 +16.9
Humberside 127,251 115,527 -11,724 -9.2
Kent 127,233 127,799 +566 +0.4
Lancashire 112,337 107,373 -4,964 -4.4
Leics. 93,795 90,879 -2,916 -3.1
Linconshire 46,707 44,734 -1,973 -4.2
London, City of 7,868 7,535 -333 -4.2
Merseyside 143,207 146,631 +3,424 +2.4
Metropolitan Police 1,000,128 1,030,215 +30,087 +3.0
Norfolk 58,603 58,166 -437 -0.7
Northants 64,702 58,581 -6,121 -9.5
Northumbria 145,735 137,789 -7,946 -5.5
N. Yorkshire 55,187 51,875 -3,312 -6.0
Notts. 137,018 137,995 +977 +0.7
S. Yorkshire 135,138 126,364 -8,774 -6.5
Staffordshire 92,379 104,732 +12,353 +13.4
Suffolk 40,696 45,075 +4,379 +10.8
Surrey 44,676 54,179 +9,503 +21.3
Sussex 134,894 137,961 +3,067 +2.3
Thames Valley 184,991 187,659 +2,668 +1.4
Warwickshire 39,079 36,259 -2,820 -7.2
West Mercia 82,900 80,148 -2,752 -3.3
West Midlands 353,035 364,192 +11,157 +3.2
W. Yorkshire 268,767 259,028 -9,739 -3.6
Wiltshire 39,760 35,997 -3,763 -9.5
Dyfed-Powys 24,232 23,050 -1,182 -4.9
Gwent 61,347 56,940 -4,407 -7.2
N. Wales 44,561 45,783 +1,222 +2.7
S. Wales 136,318 113,281 -23,037 -16.9
Total met-forces 2,419,850 2,443,767 +23,917 +1.0
Total non met-forces 2,814,576 2,777,649 -36,927 -1.3
Total 5,234,426 5,221,416 -13,010 -0.2
Source: Home Office
Notifiable offences recorded by the police by area

Lowest no. of offences
These figures represent the lowest number of offences per 100,000 of the population in police force area October 99 - September 2000
Force areas No. of offences
Dyfed-Powys 4,795
Surrey 5,026
Hertfordshire 5,617
Wiltshire 5,898
Essex 6,514
Source: Home Office

Highest no. of offences
These figures represent the highest number of offences per 100,000 of the population in police force area October 99 - September 2000
Force areas No. of offences
Greater Manchester 14,436
Metropolitan Police 14,245
West Midlands 13,866
Nottinghamshire 13,363
Humberside 13,104
Source: Home Office
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