Norfolk’s latest crime figures are out.
In the 12 months to this June, crime in the county fell by 6%, with a total of 65,115 crimes recorded, down from 69,237.
This included a reduction in stalking and harassment, drug, public order, violence against the person and burglary offences.
But violence with injury, robbery, weapons possession, and knife crime offences have increased.
Chief Constable Paul Sanford said: “We welcome the overall 6% reduction in crime and the figures once again show Norfolk remains a safe place to live.
“These results also come at a time when the constabulary has one of the highest detection rates in the country. Norfolk is a strong performing force, and my officers and staff are committed to tackling the crimes that matter most to our communities.”
The latest figures show an 18.6% increase in weapons possession offences which equates to an additional 135 crimes for the 12-month period, with 860 offences recorded in this period compared to 725 in the previous 12 months. Knife crime has also increased by 23.3%, equating to 100 more offences from 429 to 529.
Mr Sanford said: “Crimes involving weapons or knives are taken extremely seriously and we know the devastating effect these offences can have on families and communities.
“These crimes are a priority for us, and a significant proportion of the crimes recorded will be as a result of our action. We will seek to be pro-active wherever possible to search, seize and remove knives and weapons from our streets.
Shop theft is up by 25.6%, with the total number of crimes at 4,185, an increase of 854 compared to the previous 12 months.
Mr Sanford added: “Shoplifting remains one of the priorities for us, particularly in the city centre and we are currently detecting 37.1pc of shoplifting offences in Norfolk, the highest detection rate in the country.
“We are tackling these offences and will strive to bring more criminals to justice, with the continued support of businesses. When taking cases to court it’s important these matters are dealt with swiftly and appropriate sanctions are put in place to prevent further offending.”