What is the level of need in the population?
The total crime rate in Stockton has reduced over the last 10 years, from 105.6 per 1,000 population (2004) to 53.8 per 1,000 population (2014). The reduction equates to almost 10,000 less victims of crime
House burglary has reduced by 79%, vehicle crime by 75% and violent crime has reduced by 46%. The significance of using 2003/04 as a baseline is that the National Crime Recording Standards are largely unchanged over this period.
Total crime has reduced by 10.9% (-1263 offences) during October 2013 to September 2014 compared to the same period in the previous year.
Violence against the person and rape has shown an increasing trend.
There has been a slight reduction in domestic burglary.
There is strong correlation between crime and ASB rates particularly in electoral wards with high levels of deprivation.
Stockton Town Centre, Mandale & Victoria and Parkfield & Oxbridge wards suffer from disproportionate levels of crime and disorder and there continues to be strong correlation with substance misuse in those wards. These wards also have above average levels of alcohol-related crime, violence and criminal damage. They also have the highest levels of anti-social behavior in Stockton-On-Tees.
The five most deprived wards in Stockton-On-Tees account for 49% of all crime and 46% of all ASB.
The ward with the highest crime rates and ASB levels are in Stockton Town Centre, accounting for one-fifth of all crime in Stockton-On-Tees.
The proximity of the town centre in Stockton plays a major role in why crime is higher in this ward area. The demographics of its residents and the majority of major retail stores and public houses are located there. This ward is the main focus of police enforcement activity.
Repeat victims of crime feature more highly for those linked to domestic abuse than other crime categories. Those victims who are at the most risk continue to be dealt with through the MARAC process.
Repeat victimisation linked to anti-social behaviour continues to exist and procedures remain in place to offer advice and support in order to reduce risk and minimise harm.
Young people are of concern and more likely to be a victim of theft from person or robbery by person of similar age than other crime types such as burglary or criminal damage.
Abstraction of personal data relating to victims of crime remains difficult to obtain and mainly focuses on person’s name and age. Crime data relating to their address, ethnicity or occupation remains limited. The recording systems are mainly focused on the event rather than the victim and/or suspect.