Sex offences in Essex up 37%

Echo: Sex offences in Essex up 37% Sex offences in Essex up 37%

THE Jimmy Savile scandal has led to a spike in serious sexual offences after figures showed they had increased by more than 37 per cent in a year.

Essex Police said the “Savile effect” may have boosted the confidence of victims to report serious sexual crime.

It comes as 37.7 per cent more incidents across Essex were reported within a ten month period.

It amounts to 302 more offences between April 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, compared to the previous year.

Essex Police has solved 0.5 per cent fewer incidents in the same period – 17.48 per cent.

A police spokesman said: “Serious sexual offences have always been some of the most complex crimes to investigate and the effect of the Jimmy Savile case, and similar high-profile reports, has led to a significant increase in people reporting offences which happened many weeks, if not years, ago.

“Of the rapes recorded by Essex Police so far in 2013/14, more than 40 per cent were reported more than 28 days after the offence.

“This can present significant difficulties to evidence gathering, but this is a challenge the force is rising to.” Over the past 18 months Essex Police have introduced specialist teams of detectives and are working more closely with the voluntary sector, specialist detective staff and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Across Essex, overall crime is down 1.2 per cent during the period.

However, there were 848 more shoplifting offences, equating to a 13.2 per cent spike, and 1,034 reports of “other violence” equalling a 6.8 per cent rise.

Serious violent crime also increased by 8.2 per cent, or 50 offences, while racially-aggravated crime has risen by 12.5 per cent, equalling 71 more offences.

Nick Alston, Essex’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has vowed to stamp out domestic abuse, as the force deals with an average of 80 incidents a day. He has awarded £580,000 of funding to support women’s refuges, victim support and training for medical staff.

He said: “The statistics are shocking.

“The front line is now all too often the front room.”

He chairs an Essex-wide domestic abuse strategy board so groups work together.

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2:55pm Wed 19 Feb 14

e5mitch says...

Serious sexual offences-
UP 37.7%
Shoplifting-
UP 13.2%
Serious violent crime-
UP 8.2%
Racially-aggravated crime-
UP 12.5%
Other violence-
UP 6.8%
But they say overall crime-
DOWN 1.2%.

Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft?
Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!!
Serious sexual offences- UP 37.7% Shoplifting- UP 13.2% Serious violent crime- UP 8.2% Racially-aggravated crime- UP 12.5% Other violence- UP 6.8% But they say overall crime- DOWN 1.2%. Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft? Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!! e5mitch

3:00pm Wed 19 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

e5mitch wrote:
Serious sexual offences-
UP 37.7%
Shoplifting-
UP 13.2%
Serious violent crime-
UP 8.2%
Racially-aggravated crime-
UP 12.5%
Other violence-
UP 6.8%
But they say overall crime-
DOWN 1.2%.

Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft?
Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!!
None. As far as I can recall.
[quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: Serious sexual offences- UP 37.7% Shoplifting- UP 13.2% Serious violent crime- UP 8.2% Racially-aggravated crime- UP 12.5% Other violence- UP 6.8% But they say overall crime- DOWN 1.2%. Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft? Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!![/p][/quote]None. As far as I can recall. RochfordRob

3:26pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Yes and look at all the celebrities who have recently been found not guilty.. that was in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile case.

I don't doubt there are genuine cases but there are also a lot of females who are looking to settle a score or make a point with an ex or some other unsuspecting fella.

What is difficult is to differentiate between the genuine and fake claims.

I can understand people who were abused as children keeping it to themselves until adulthood but not anybody who is being abused by a partner. Never could understand women who will keep taking it from some bullying moron on a constant basis. Especially not with a support network around them.

There is no excuse.

And how many times have I heard a woman say "but I love him"

How the h3ll does that work?

Of course ALL sex offenders should be subject to the full rigours of the law and in my opinion should be chemically castrated. Actually I'd advocate hanging for sex offenders and paedophiles but we know that isn't going to happen.

However, I think men should also be protected from over zealous attention seekers, especially females who egg them on then moan about it afterwards.
Yes and look at all the celebrities who have recently been found not guilty.. that was in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile case. I don't doubt there are genuine cases but there are also a lot of females who are looking to settle a score or make a point with an ex or some other unsuspecting fella. What is difficult is to differentiate between the genuine and fake claims. I can understand people who were abused as children keeping it to themselves until adulthood but not anybody who is being abused by a partner. Never could understand women who will keep taking it from some bullying moron on a constant basis. Especially not with a support network around them. There is no excuse. And how many times have I heard a woman say "but I love him" How the h3ll does that work? Of course ALL sex offenders should be subject to the full rigours of the law and in my opinion should be chemically castrated. Actually I'd advocate hanging for sex offenders and paedophiles but we know that isn't going to happen. However, I think men should also be protected from over zealous attention seekers, especially females who egg them on then moan about it afterwards. Kim Gandy

3:55pm Wed 19 Feb 14

emcee says...

e5mitch wrote:
Serious sexual offences-
UP 37.7%
Shoplifting-
UP 13.2%
Serious violent crime-
UP 8.2%
Racially-aggravated crime-
UP 12.5%
Other violence-
UP 6.8%
But they say overall crime-
DOWN 1.2%.

Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft?
Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!!
Theft of milk from the doorstep, probably.
[quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: Serious sexual offences- UP 37.7% Shoplifting- UP 13.2% Serious violent crime- UP 8.2% Racially-aggravated crime- UP 12.5% Other violence- UP 6.8% But they say overall crime- DOWN 1.2%. Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft? Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!![/p][/quote]Theft of milk from the doorstep, probably. emcee

7:44pm Wed 19 Feb 14

FamouSam says...

e5mitch wrote:
Serious sexual offences-
UP 37.7%
Shoplifting-
UP 13.2%
Serious violent crime-
UP 8.2%
Racially-aggravated crime-
UP 12.5%
Other violence-
UP 6.8%
But they say overall crime-
DOWN 1.2%.

Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft?
Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!!
Murder and burglary perhaps.
[quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: Serious sexual offences- UP 37.7% Shoplifting- UP 13.2% Serious violent crime- UP 8.2% Racially-aggravated crime- UP 12.5% Other violence- UP 6.8% But they say overall crime- DOWN 1.2%. Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft? Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!![/p][/quote]Murder and burglary perhaps. FamouSam

7:46pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Royr says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Yes and look at all the celebrities who have recently been found not guilty.. that was in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile case.

I don't doubt there are genuine cases but there are also a lot of females who are looking to settle a score or make a point with an ex or some other unsuspecting fella.

What is difficult is to differentiate between the genuine and fake claims.

I can understand people who were abused as children keeping it to themselves until adulthood but not anybody who is being abused by a partner. Never could understand women who will keep taking it from some bullying moron on a constant basis. Especially not with a support network around them.

There is no excuse.

And how many times have I heard a woman say "but I love him"

How the h3ll does that work?

Of course ALL sex offenders should be subject to the full rigours of the law and in my opinion should be chemically castrated. Actually I'd advocate hanging for sex offenders and paedophiles but we know that isn't going to happen.

However, I think men should also be protected from over zealous attention seekers, especially females who egg them on then moan about it afterwards.
Can't give a thumbs up or down to this 'cos it's a mixed bag.

Completely agree with the first 3 paragraphs and the last one.

BUT I'm not at all sure about the so called support network, and love is a funny thing - driven by pheromones, hormones, the sexual drive for a partner.

And let's nor forget martial violence against men
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yes and look at all the celebrities who have recently been found not guilty.. that was in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile case. I don't doubt there are genuine cases but there are also a lot of females who are looking to settle a score or make a point with an ex or some other unsuspecting fella. What is difficult is to differentiate between the genuine and fake claims. I can understand people who were abused as children keeping it to themselves until adulthood but not anybody who is being abused by a partner. Never could understand women who will keep taking it from some bullying moron on a constant basis. Especially not with a support network around them. There is no excuse. And how many times have I heard a woman say "but I love him" How the h3ll does that work? Of course ALL sex offenders should be subject to the full rigours of the law and in my opinion should be chemically castrated. Actually I'd advocate hanging for sex offenders and paedophiles but we know that isn't going to happen. However, I think men should also be protected from over zealous attention seekers, especially females who egg them on then moan about it afterwards.[/p][/quote]Can't give a thumbs up or down to this 'cos it's a mixed bag. Completely agree with the first 3 paragraphs and the last one. BUT I'm not at all sure about the so called support network, and love is a funny thing - driven by pheromones, hormones, the sexual drive for a partner. And let's nor forget martial violence against men Royr

7:56pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Royr says...

Sorry - MARITAL
Sorry - MARITAL Royr

10:22pm Wed 19 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

A very confusing and ambiguous article to begin with.

Is it supposed to be predicated on an increase in the number of sexual offences that have actually taken place; or does it relate to the number of reports of alleged sexual offences? Two very distinct issues which can't easily be inter-mixed.

I can readily understand how the Savile affair might have resulted in many victims hitherto reluctant to speak out feeling more encouraged to come forward and make reports, thus explaining the 'spike' in reporting.

It doesn't necessarily mean that the baseline number of offences has increased as nobody knows the true figures to begin with.

Indeed mixing the statistical data of 'offences' and 'reported offences' in the same comparative examples from one year to the next is to my mind tantamount to juggling with apples and pears whilst blindfolded. Your are very likely going to end up with one heck of a random mess. Make of it what you will.
A very confusing and ambiguous article to begin with. Is it supposed to be predicated on an increase in the number of sexual offences that have actually taken place; or does it relate to the number of reports of alleged sexual offences? Two very distinct issues which can't easily be inter-mixed. I can readily understand how the Savile affair might have resulted in many victims hitherto reluctant to speak out feeling more encouraged to come forward and make reports, thus explaining the 'spike' in reporting. It doesn't necessarily mean that the baseline number of offences has increased as nobody knows the true figures to begin with. Indeed mixing the statistical data of 'offences' and 'reported offences' in the same comparative examples from one year to the next is to my mind tantamount to juggling with apples and pears whilst blindfolded. Your are very likely going to end up with one heck of a random mess. Make of it what you will. OMPITA [Intl]

10:32pm Wed 19 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

True. Allegations going through the roof is no proof of crimes actually being committed.
True. Allegations going through the roof is no proof of crimes actually being committed. RochfordRob

12:34am Thu 20 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

e5mitch wrote:
Serious sexual offences-
UP 37.7%
Shoplifting-
UP 13.2%
Serious violent crime-
UP 8.2%
Racially-aggravated crime-
UP 12.5%
Other violence-
UP 6.8%
But they say overall crime-
DOWN 1.2%.

Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft?
Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!!
If the racially aggravated crime on here were factored in for the last few years.. the percentage given would probably be considered a reduction...no thanks to the usual suspects of course!
[quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: Serious sexual offences- UP 37.7% Shoplifting- UP 13.2% Serious violent crime- UP 8.2% Racially-aggravated crime- UP 12.5% Other violence- UP 6.8% But they say overall crime- DOWN 1.2%. Realty? What about theft from motor vehicles & motor vehicle theft? Makes me wonder what crimes they're actually reducing!![/p][/quote]If the racially aggravated crime on here were factored in for the last few years.. the percentage given would probably be considered a reduction...no thanks to the usual suspects of course! ThisYear

2:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Technically offences are not up - reports of offences are. And the recent trials certainly show that reports are not all to be trusted.

More logic please and less emotion...
Technically offences are not up - reports of offences are. And the recent trials certainly show that reports are not all to be trusted. More logic please and less emotion... Jack222

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