Burglaries in Nottinghamshire are on the rise, despite falling crime figures in England and Wales.
Official numbers from the Office for National Statistics reported 4,520 domestic burglaries across county in 2013 – up 12% in just one year.
This was much higher than any other county in the East Midlands and almost as as many as Derbyshire and Lincolnshire’s incidents combined.
The stats also go against the positive trend across England and Wales, which has seen domestic burglary cases fall steadily year on year since 2001.
Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said: “Today’s statistics are more good news and the evidence is clear: police reform is working and crime is falling.
“We can have confidence that England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades. “
But in Nottinghamshire, burglary stood beside robbery, shoplifting, sexual offences and incidents of violence with injury, all seeing increases.
Assistant chief constable, Steve Jupp, said: “Burglary is a devastating and intrusive crime and it is a priority for Nottinghamshire Police.
“In recent years we have made great strides in tackling burglary, dramatically reducing figures through research into crime trends, targeted, intelligence-led operations, both uniformed and covert, as well as robust offender management.
“But coming from such a positive place inevitably means we have to work harder and smarter to maintain it.”
He admitted the force saw the rise in burglary last year, but said they took action to combat it through a new model of operations with dedicated teams from both the city and county working together to scrutinise trends.
Olwen Edwards, divisional manager for Nottinghamshire at Victim Support, said: “We speaks to tens of thousands of burglary victims every year and we know that burglars don’t just rob people of things with financial or sentimental value – they also leave behind emotional and psychological scars on their victims.
“We’re reminding local people to be vigilant and take sensible precautions. We’re also calling for sentencing to more accurately reflect the psychological harm burglary has on those victims, in particular children.”