Recorded crime in Staffordshire has increased by 5% over the last 12 months, with a total of 4,379 extra crimes being reported to police between July 2017 and June 2018.

The latest figures reflect the national trend of increased recorded crime, as reported by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The stats reveal that Staffordshire has seen an increase of reports in some areas due to the changing complexity of crimes being reported to police.

There has been a rise of 14% in reports of violent crime against the person, but this figure isn’t confined to offences that cause physical harm, it includes offenders who use social channels and media platforms to send messages intending to cause the victim distress or anxiety.

The county has seen a sharp increase in the number of cars reported stolen across the south of the county, with reports up by 42%. Technological advances are changing the way car criminals access and steal vehicles so we continue to work with the car industry to make it harder for criminals to commit these offences. Car owners are also being issued with security advice and extra patrols of officers are working to tackle the issue in the areas affected.

Figures show a rise in the number of sexual offences and online harassment and stalking crimes being reported to police, as more people have the confidence to report offences to officers. However house burglaries and drug offences have fallen significantly across the force over the same period.

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker said: “We understand people’s concerns around any rise in crime and the impact it can have on the quality of life of those who live, work and visit Staffordshire and we will continue to prioritise the crimes that cause the greatest harm, as well as tackling the issues that cause local concern. Over the past 12 months we have introduced a more modernised service to policing in Staffordshire, which has seen a significant investment in neighbourhood policing. These officers are focusing more on proactive policing in communities, developing specialist capabilities for more complex crime and working with our partners to find effective ways of intervening early to prevent crime and harm.”