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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Number of crimes solved down but Cumbria still above average

The percentage of crimes being solved by Cumbria police has fallen – but is still well above the national average.

New figures show the county force’s detection rate stood at 32 per cent between April and August, compared to 37 per cent for the same months the previous year.

The statistics are scrutinised in a report to the county’s crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes, explaining factors that have had an impact on the results.

Reasons include a drop in certain types of crimes, such as possessing weapons, which are said by their nature to have a high detection rate.

There has also been a rise in crimes such as theft and vandalism, which traditionally have a lower detection rate.

Documents add there has been a drop in the number of reported offences where inquiries found no crime actually took place – and a fall in criminals admitting other crimes when caught for a particular incident.

The use of action such as youth cautions is also suspected of having a big impact as these are not classed as detections in the same way.

The report deals with the results for so-called “sanction detections” – where there has been formal action such as a charge or summons.

It states: “Cumbria’s sanction detection rate increased between 2005/06 and 2010/11.

“Although the rate has been falling since that time, it is still 10 percentage points above the national average.”

Cumbria’s force is also said to be above the average for other forces of a similar size.

The report adds police chiefs have looked at the problem and the force’s aims include improving the quality of investigation planning through “robust management” and featuring any issues in its training.

In the last financial year, all recorded crime in the county fell by 11 per cent, from 25,996 offences in 2011/2012 to 23,225.

The report is due to be discussed tomorrow at a meeting of Mr Rhodes’ executive board.

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