West Sunderland sees rise in crime

Sunderland West Crime Statistics: Total number of crimes reported per ward.
Sunderland West Crime Statistics: Total number of crimes reported per ward.

Northumbria Police statistics have shown an increase in crime in West Sunderland.

The statistics have revealed that the total crime level is up by 3.9 per cent (71 crimes) for April – December 2013.

The highest rises can be seen in violent crimes cases, which are up by 30.1 per cent, and burglary dwelling – up by 53 per cent.

Inspector Dave Pickett, from Northumbria Police, said: “Many of these crimes were related to alcohol. I’m not talking about youths drinking, it’s adults.

“Roughly, 50 per cent of violent crimes that occurred took place in private dwellings and are classed as domestic related.

“One of the schemes we have launched to combat this is a perpetrator programme. Its aim is to divert and change the behaviour of perpetrators of violent assault.”

Barnes, Sandhill and Pallion are the areas of Sunderland West with the highest levels of violent crimes recorded.

A joint increase of 64 cases of violent offences for Sandhill and Pallion was also recorded in a report prepared for the last Wednesday’s meeting of the Sunderland City Council’s West Area Committee, which revealed the Northumbria Police statistics.

In an attempt to combat domestic abuse in the area, Sunderland West and Farringdon Police Station have launched a trial scheme, with officers wearing body worn cameras.

Cecilia Gofton, Councillor for Pallion said: “I very much welcome the body worn camera. Certainly in the case of domestic violence, we would want the perpetrators to just own up.”

The scheme aims to aid police in securing convictions and to help with the prevention of crime by deterring perpetrators.

For independent and confidential advice regarding domestic abuse, contact the Domestic Abuse Helpline on: 0800 066 5555.#####

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