Crime rate in Lincolnshire fell by 5% in 2023

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Crime in Lincolnshire fell by 5% overall in 2023, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

There was a fall in burglaries and bicycle thefts but a rise in the numbers of shoplifting offences and those for drugs and carrying weapons.

Lincolnshire Police says these are “really positive results”.

Nationally, overall crime rates dropped by 1%, but theft from shops has risen to the highest level in 20 years.

The ONS figures for Lincolnshire for the year ending in December 2023, compared with the previous 12 months.

  • Burglary – down 11%

  • violence against the person – down 5%

  • stalking and harassment – down 6%

  • criminal damage and arson – down 13%

  • vehicle offences – down 16%

  • bicycle theft – down 23%

  • shoplifting - up 18%

  • drug offences – up 13%

  • possession of weapons offences – up 15%

Lincolnshire Police's Chief Constable, Paul Gibson, said: “These are really positive results that reflect the hard work and diligence of all of our teams.

“It’s encouraging to see the impact that we’re making on the particularly distressing crime of burglary, which can have a profound effect on victims.”

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