Preston crime figures revealed with sexual offences on the rise over last 12 months

More sexual offences were recorded in Preston over the last year, despite an overall drop in recorded crime.

By Katie Williams
Friday, 28th January 2022, 2:59 pm

Lancashire Constabulary recorded 377 incidents of sexual offences in Preston in the 12 months to September, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That was an increase of 6% compared to the previous year.

At 2.6 crimes per 1,000 people, that was in line with the rate across England and Wales, which stood at 2.9.

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The total number of offences in Preston fell by 5%

Around 5.8 million offences were recorded across England and Wales in the year to September – a 2% rise compared to the previous year – though there was a 1% drop to 4.9 million offences when excluding cases of fraud and computer misuse.

READ MORE: These are the incidents Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service crews have tackled this week - Monday, January 24 to Friday, January 28, 2022Police forces across the two nations logged the highest number of rapes and sexual offences in a 12-month period in the year to September, the figures show.

Around 63,100 rapes were recorded in the year to September, according to the Office for National Statistics, up 13% from the previous period (56,100).

This was the highest recorded annual figure to date and included 17,400 offences between July and September – the highest quarterly figure.

The ONS said the latest figures may reflect several factors, including the “impact of high-profile incidents, media coverage and campaigns on people’s willingness to report incidents to the police, as well as a potential increase in the number of victims”, and it urged caution when interpreting the data.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Nobody should have to experience the horror of rape and other sexual crimes.

“It’s encouraging that more victims of sexual violence are coming forward, and we’ve been clear that police must raise the bar in handling such cases so victims know that they will be taken seriously and criminals responsible are put behind bars."

The total number of offences in Preston fell by 5%, with police recording 11,938 crimes over the course of the year.

This puts the overall crime rate at 82.8 per 1,000 people, compared to a national average of 82.4.

Other crimes recorded in Preston included:

- 4,852 violent offences, a decrease of 1%

- 3,368 theft offences, down 15%

- 1,417 incidents of criminal damage and arson, up 3%

- 187 possession of weapons such as firearms or knives, up 7%

- 1,018 public order offences, down 8%

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