From Devon & Cornwall Police, who say:
The figures, which were published today, Thursday 19 July 2018, show a rise in recorded crime, which is being seen across the country.
Overall reported crime between April 2017 and March 2018 increased by approximately 22 per cent in Devon and Cornwall, which compares to a national rise of 13 per cent.
Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis said: “The increase in reported crime across Devon and Cornwall mirrors national trends and is in part down to improvements in recording crime and the public having a greater confidence in reporting crime to us.
“According to the Crime Survey in England and Wales, the perceived risk of becoming a victim of crime remains low, with Devon and Cornwall being the 4th lowest in the country for perceived risk of household crime.
“It is also important to note that following a survey on victim satisfaction, 77 per cent of priority victims and 86 per cent of domestic abuse victims were satisfied with the services received from the Force and we have worked hard to improve our response in a number of key crime areas such as rape, sexual offences, modern slavery and domestic abuse.
“In recent years we have seen a rise in both current and historic reporting in these areas, and I am encouraged that victims are finding the courage to come forward and reach out to us knowing that they will be supported.
“We have also actively changed recording practices which is positively impacting upon these figures. Our improved practices as reflected in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) report, which graded us as ‘good’ for our crime recording, continue to result in increases in our recorded levels of crime.
“No victim should suffer in silence. Devon & Cornwall Police will continue to work hard to support victims and to give a voice to each and every one of them, regardless if this sees a rise in our crime figures.
“We aim to deliver an outcome that puts the safeguarding and the wishes of victims at the heart of our investigations and where appropriate bring offenders to justice.
“I am confident that not only are my staff and officers working hard to protect and serve the public of Devon and Cornwall, but that this part of the country continues to remain a safe place to live, work and visit, and that the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is still very low.