Economic downturn could be to blame for increase in crime in Darlington

Economic downturn could be to blame for increase in crime in Darlington

Economic downturn could be to blame for increase in crime in Darlington

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AN increase in the number of petty crimes in Darlington could be linked to the economic downturn, a senior police officer has said.

Figures from Darlington Police reveal crime levels in the town are expected to have increased by eight per cent by the end of February, compared with the same time last year.

Shoplifting is expected to have increased by 23 per cent by the end of the month, with people stealing everyday items, including meat, alcohol, toiletries, aftershaves, detergents, toys and baby products.

The number of bike thefts in the town is also expected to more than double, with an anticipated increase of 53 per cent by the end of February, compared with the same time last year.

Inspector Mick Button of Darlington Police said one of the reasons for the increase in crime is the economic downturn and austerity measures.

He said: “Nationally acquisitive crime like shoplifting is on the increase, and one reason for that are the welfare reforms.

“The number of bike thefts ebbs and flows depending on the seasons, and to tackle them we have launched Operation Spoke to encourage people to mark and register their bikes to make it easier to return them if they are stolen.

“We had a very good year last year across the board for crime levels, and even though crime is now up eight per cent, it is starting to come down.

"We are aware of where the problems lie in Darlington and we are tackling them.”

He also hailed an operation to target prolific offenders and shoplifters in Darlington during the winter months a success.

Between the beginning of November and the end of January, Operation Mango saw 45 people stopped and searched and 36 people arrested in the town for a number of offences, including shoplifting.

The operation used a surge tactic to deter criminals, where every available officer is called into the town at the same time.

Insp Button said: “Darlington is still one of safest areas to live in and has the best detection rates across the force.

“Our detection rate for shoplifting is 70 per cent, so my advice for anyone planning to shoplift in Darlington is don’t do it, because we will catch you.”

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4:01pm Fri 7 Feb 14

think twice says...

"my advice for anyone planning to shoplift in Darlington is don’t do it, because we will catch you.”
"and then let you go"
"my advice for anyone planning to shoplift in Darlington is don’t do it, because we will catch you.” "and then let you go" think twice
  • Score: 14

4:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname says...

This town has well and truly gone to the dogs. It's full to bursting with scumbags and chavs.
This town has well and truly gone to the dogs. It's full to bursting with scumbags and chavs. banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname
  • Score: 15

5:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

BMD says...

AN increase in the number of petty crimes in Darlington could be linked to the economic downturn, a senior police officer has said.

or

The Ron Hogg's Comments: I will give the shoplifter's a severe warning and let them go scott free.
AN increase in the number of petty crimes in Darlington could be linked to the economic downturn, a senior police officer has said. or The Ron Hogg's Comments: I will give the shoplifter's a severe warning and let them go scott free. BMD
  • Score: 9

5:53pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John Durham says...

Economic conditions - worst excuse possible. Some people struggle for years on very little but don't become criminals as a result.
Economic conditions - worst excuse possible. Some people struggle for years on very little but don't become criminals as a result. John Durham
  • Score: 20

5:56pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Madadrian says...

banmeandilljustregis
terwithanewname
wrote:
This town has well and truly gone to the dogs. It's full to bursting with scumbags and chavs.
Many of them posting comments here I notice
[quote][p][bold]banmeandilljustregis terwithanewname[/bold] wrote: This town has well and truly gone to the dogs. It's full to bursting with scumbags and chavs.[/p][/quote]Many of them posting comments here I notice Madadrian
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Fri 7 Feb 14

black&whitehorse says...

Economic downturn could be to blame for increase in crime in Darlington

or could be

where have all the coppers gone ???
Economic downturn could be to blame for increase in crime in Darlington or could be where have all the coppers gone ??? black&whitehorse
  • Score: -1

11:36pm Fri 7 Feb 14

stevegg says...

Well done inspector button for working that one out, none of us thicky public would guess the downturn would effect crime! I suspect its also due to the pathetically weak justice system which lets the hordes of drug addicts and prolific offenders which live in this town off time and time again with little or no sanctions, also dwindling police numbers. I only ever see them now blue lighting to jobs. A friend of mine in the police told me there can be as few as 5 response officers on covering the whole borough of 100,000 plus people! What we need is more frontline police and not overpaid inspectors telling us what we already know!!!!!!!
Well done inspector button for working that one out, none of us thicky public would guess the downturn would effect crime! I suspect its also due to the pathetically weak justice system which lets the hordes of drug addicts and prolific offenders which live in this town off time and time again with little or no sanctions, also dwindling police numbers. I only ever see them now blue lighting to jobs. A friend of mine in the police told me there can be as few as 5 response officers on covering the whole borough of 100,000 plus people! What we need is more frontline police and not overpaid inspectors telling us what we already know!!!!!!! stevegg
  • Score: 9

12:09pm Sat 8 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

Spot on STEVEGG.............
I know people now who even ' Police patrol their own street and neighbourhood.' Occasionalily you see a 'flashing Police car driven by', if you try to get their attention you are rarely seen (or very rarely stop). We need the return of 'common sense, **non-politically correct old fashioned ***pro-active Policing' on our streets. The 'poor Police' (particularly in London), for years have been used as a 'Political left wing orientated Footballs' , critizised if they ****DON'Tdo a job then critized if they DO a job well. Take 'Stop and Search' in some well known ' London Boroughs for years' the Police have done a great job, but hordes of 'top-heavy' politically correct armchair critics and so called 'neighbourhood centres', maintain that a certain section of the community is being 'picked on' which is total rubbish. Why ?.....because that 'certain section of the community' that is supposed to be picked on, ACTUALLY MAKE UP of 8O per cent PLUS of the **local population, in the area, hence you DISTORTED 'Anti-Police' Stop and Search' articles and figures which decent lawabidding people have had to endure for years. To many 'know all 'so called far left 'Law Centres and far-left 'Political 'point scoring again...... Anti-Police punters' (who have never donned a Plice Uniform and who 'never have' or 'never will' Police a British Street), poking their 'politically correct' nosey noses, and many (not all of course) jumping on ANY 'Anti-Police bandwagon(s)'. This often happens in London when Police are actually doing TOO great a job and 'arresting people for ***serious crime, the same 'old left wing divvies' and 'Anti-Police brigades' are straining ready to pounce on their far left political leases. But again I totally agree STEVEGG, lets have all the Police back WALKING on local beats without downright obstructive, 'negative politically correct point scoring interference'..
Spot on STEVEGG............. I know people now who even ' Police patrol their own street and neighbourhood.' Occasionalily you see a 'flashing Police car driven by', if you try to get their attention you are rarely seen (or very rarely stop). We need the return of 'common sense, **non-politically correct old fashioned ***pro-active Policing' on our streets. The 'poor Police' (particularly in London), for years have been used as a 'Political left wing orientated Footballs' , critizised if they ****DON'Tdo a job then critized if they DO a job well. Take 'Stop and Search' in some well known ' London Boroughs for years' the Police have done a great job, but hordes of 'top-heavy' politically correct armchair critics and so called 'neighbourhood centres', maintain that a certain section of the community is being 'picked on' which is total rubbish. Why ?.....because that 'certain section of the community' that is supposed to be picked on, ACTUALLY MAKE UP of 8O per cent PLUS of the **local population, in the area, hence you DISTORTED 'Anti-Police' Stop and Search' articles and figures which decent lawabidding people have had to endure for years. To many 'know all 'so called far left 'Law Centres and far-left 'Political 'point scoring again...... Anti-Police punters' (who have never donned a Plice Uniform and who 'never have' or 'never will' Police a British Street), poking their 'politically correct' nosey noses, and many (not all of course) jumping on ANY 'Anti-Police bandwagon(s)'. This often happens in London when Police are actually doing TOO great a job and 'arresting people for ***serious crime, the same 'old left wing divvies' and 'Anti-Police brigades' are straining ready to pounce on their far left political leases. But again I totally agree STEVEGG, lets have all the Police back WALKING on local beats without downright obstructive, 'negative politically correct point scoring interference'.. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 2

5:19pm Sat 8 Feb 14

banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname says...

The reason crime is on the rise is because the deterrents are not there. It's not rocket science and you don't need a degree or an 'ology to realise the bleedin obvious.

Fingers Johnson gets caught tealeaving for the umpteenth time and gets let off yet again with a poxy fine or less.

Until we start handing out severe punishments, the scum in this town will continue to flout the law and laugh in the face of justice - sorry, so called justice!
The reason crime is on the rise is because the deterrents are not there. It's not rocket science and you don't need a degree or an 'ology to realise the bleedin obvious. Fingers Johnson gets caught tealeaving for the umpteenth time and gets let off yet again with a poxy fine or less. Until we start handing out severe punishments, the scum in this town will continue to flout the law and laugh in the face of justice - sorry, so called justice! banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Sat 8 Feb 14

banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname says...

Madadrian wrote:
banmeandilljustregis

terwithanewname
wrote:
This town has well and truly gone to the dogs. It's full to bursting with scumbags and chavs.
Many of them posting comments here I notice
That's a bit vague. You need to be more specific when making statements like that.
[quote][p][bold]Madadrian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]banmeandilljustregis terwithanewname[/bold] wrote: This town has well and truly gone to the dogs. It's full to bursting with scumbags and chavs.[/p][/quote]Many of them posting comments here I notice[/p][/quote]That's a bit vague. You need to be more specific when making statements like that. banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname
  • Score: 1

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