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Diss crime figures accelerate through a year of lockdown

Data covering the year of 2020 has highlighted a worrying trend, which underlines the challenges facing Norfolk Police as they tackle crime in Diss.

The figures – released on Police.uk – show that the number of reported crimes within Diss rose from 720 in 2018 to 759 in 2019, before surging to 877 in 2020.

This represents an increase of 15.5 per cent year on year, despite lockdown restrictions keeping people at home for prolonged periods, which is a significant acceleration compared to the 5.4 per cent rise seen between 2018 and 2019.

Police attend crime scene in Mere Street
Police attend crime scene in Mere Street

Closer examination of the data reveals 230 reports of violence or sexual offences, rising to 265 in 2019 and 340 in 2020, which equates to a 15.2 per cent rise, followed by a 28.3 per cent increase year on year.

In contrast, there were 147 reports of anti-social behaviour in 2018, rising to 176 in 2019 and 193 in 2020.

While increases in anti-social behaviour are present in each year, the rate of growth slowed from 19.7 per cent to 9.65 per cent in 2020.

This data supports the assertion made by Crimestoppers and national domestic abuse helpline operators Refuge that there has been “a worrying rise in domestic abuse reports” while people have been in lockdown.

The #YouAreNotPowerless campaign has been running this month across East Anglia, consisting of a short video highlighting the importance of witnesses reporting possible domestic abuse.

Norfolk Police were approached for comment by the Diss Express but had failed to respond at the time of going to press.

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