Humberside Police - Total Crime
Here is the latest recorded crime data for the Humberside Police Force area for the 12 months ending June 2018, released by the Office of National Statistics on 18th October 2018.
Total recorded crime (excluding fraud) was 90,761. Compared to the previous 12 months this is an increase of 12% which is slightly above the national increase of 10%. Every police force but two in England and Wales has seen a rise in crime. The ONS has previously stated that improvements made by police forces in recording crime are a factor in this year’s increases.
Key increases and reductions in Humberside:
Humberside has seen a 17% increase in the number of Violence against the Person offences, which is below the national increase of 19%. The last ONS publication (data to March 2018) showed that nationally the Stalking and Harassment sub-category rose by 30% compared with the previous year, accounting for almost one-third of the change in violence recorded by the police. The ONS stated that "it is likely that recording improvements are an important factor in this rise, particularly in relation to malicious communication offences due to improved compliance in recording of these new offences over time”. Humberside’s increase in Stalking and Harassment of 59% to June 2018 is almost double the national trend to March 2018 and accounts for one half of the change in violence recorded by the force.
The publication also shows an increase in the number of recorded Sexual Offences, which is up 18% nationally and 12% locally. The last ONS publication stated that the rise in police recorded sexual offences “is likely to reflect improvements made by the police in how they record crime, and in people being more willing to report a sexual offence”.
Humberside’s 18% increase in the number of robberies is below the national increase of 22%.
The Force’s 9% increase in the number of Theft Offences is above the national increase of 3%. Over half of Humberside’s increase in this category is influenced by an increase in the number of Shoplifting offences, which has gone up by 20%.
Humberside has also recorded an 11% reduction in the number of Drug Offences over the last year (however, this reduction should not necessarily be interpreted as a positive, as it can indicate a reduction in targeted police action to identify the offences). Humberside now has the lowest rate of recorded drug offences per 1,000 population of all forces nationally.
Humberside’s increases in Possession of Weapons offences, Public Order offences and Miscellaneous crimes against society are generally in line with national increases. In the previous ONS publication, it was stated that it is likely that the increases in recorded Public Order offences reflect improvements in recording processes. This increase (both local and national) is mainly in the sub-category of ‘Public fear, alarm or distress’. An audit by Humberside’s Force Crime and Incident Registrar (FCIR) found improved incident to crime conversion - call handling linked to Public Order offences is hugely improved and that will inevitably lead to a crime being recorded now, as opposed to an incident log closed wrongly and ‘under recording’ of Public Order. The FCIR has also suggested that, with the additional police officers now recruited and on the streets, the capacity to get to such reports of Public Order is better and therefore a more timely and effective response to such reports that will lead to a crime being recorded more often than not. Around two-thirds of Humberside’s increase in the ‘Miscellaneous crimes against society’ category are in the offence classification of ‘Threat or possession with intent to commit criminal damage’, which has seen a 44% increase.
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