Crime has fallen over the last year in Eden, official police records reveal.
Cumbria Constabulary recorded 2,459 offences in Eden in the 12 months to December, according to the Office for National Statistics.
That was a decrease of 15 per cent compared to the previous year, when there were 2,880.
At 46 crimes per 1,000 people, that was far lower than the rate across England and Wales, which stood at 81.
Crimes recorded in Eden included:
- 101 sexual offences, a decrease of 15per cent
- 1,005 violent offences, up 1 per cent
- 316 incidents of criminal damage and arson, down 9 per cent
- 74 drug offences, down 24 per cent
- 18 possession of weapons such as firearms or knives, up 20 per cent
- 266 public order offences, up 14 per cent
- 628 theft offences, down 38 per cent
Overall, police recorded eight per cent fewer crimes across England and Wales – there were around 5.6 million offences in the year to December.
The ONS said the annual drop was mainly driven by a “substantial fall” in crime of 15 per cent between April and June as the first lockdown restrictions were introduced.
While police-recorded crimes increased from July to September as restrictions were gradually eased, they fell again in the last three months of the year as lockdown measures were reimposed, it added.
Sophie Sanders, of the ONS Centre for Crime and Justice, said: “There were fluctuations in the level of crime experienced in England and Wales throughout 2020.
“Although a small proportion of these fluctuations will be the result of seasonal effects on crime trends, the majority can be attributed to the introduction and subsequent easing of national lockdown restrictions throughout the year.
“Most crime types have seen recorded offences fall year-on-year. The notable exceptions are drug offences, because of proactive police activity in crime hotspots during the first lockdown, while violence against the person also saw a small increase.”
Crest Advisory, a criminal justice consultancy, said it was not surprising that crime patterns were hugely affected by the unprecedented restrictions of the pandemic.
But it noted that drug offences across England and Wales rose by 15 per cent and there was a seven per cent increase in the number of domestic abuse-related offences recorded by police in 2020.
Danny Shaw, head of strategy and insight at the organisation, added: “The rise in drugs offences was principally due to greater police activity in tackling dealers and organised crime gangs, who were also easier to spot with fewer people out on the street.
“The increase in reports of domestic abuse may well be linked to lockdown, when people in abusive relationships were forced to spend long periods together.”