Humberside Police - Total Crime
Here is the latest recorded crime data for the Humberside Police Force area for the 12 months ending December 2018, released by the Office of National Statistics on 25th April 2019.
Total recorded crime (excluding fraud) was 98,311. Compared to the previous 12 months this is an increase of 15% which is above the national increase of 7%. Every police force but five 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 34% increase in the number of Violence against the Person offences, which is above the national increase of 19%. Humberside’s level of recorded Stalking and Harassment has more than doubled in the 12 months to December 2018 in comparison to the previous year and accounts for 61% of the change in violence recorded by the Force. The last ONS publication (data to September 2018) showed that nationally the Stalking and Harassment sub-category rose by 41% compared with the previous year, accounting for 43% of the change in violence recorded by the police. The last ONS publication 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”.
The publication also shows an increase in the number of recorded Sexual offences, which is up 10% nationally and 28% locally. The last ONS publication recognised that improvements in the recording of sexual offences, along with an increased willingness of victims to come forward and report these crimes to the police, is thought to have contributed to the increase.
Humberside’s 14% increase in the number of robberies is close to the national increase of 11%. In the previous ONS publication, it was stated that “recording improvements are likely to have contributed to this rise”.
The Force has achieved a 1% reduction in the overall number of Theft offences, which matches the national reduction percentage. Humberside’s reduction includes a 9% reduction in the number of burglaries and a 13% reduction in the number of vehicle offences, with around 850 fewer offences in 2018 for each of these crime types. The Force has however seen a 10% increase in the number of shoplifting offences (though this has fallen from the 17% increase to September, which was reported in the previous ONS publication).
Humberside has recorded a 6% increase in the number of Drug offences over the year. It is recognised that an increase for this crime type can indicate an increase in targeted police action to identify these offences.
Humberside has recorded a 14% increase in the number of Possession of weapons offences, which is below the national increase of 19%. Over half (53%) of Humberside’s offences in this category relate to “Possession of article with blade or point”, which has increased from 253 in 2017 to 269 in 2018. Possession of firearms offences have increased from 54 to 93.
Humberside has recorded a 77% increase in the number of Public order offences, which is above the national increase of 19%. In the previous ONS publication, it was stated that “a large part of this increase is likely to reflect improvements and changes to recording practices”. The increase is mainly in the sub-category of ‘Public fear, alarm or distress’, which accounts for around three-quarters of all Public Order offences (both locally and nationally). An audit by Humberside’s Force Crime and Incident Registrar (FCIR) in June 2018 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 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.
Humberside’s 20% increase in the number of Miscellaneous crimes against society is above the national increase of 11%. Humberside’s increase in this category is influenced by the offence classification of ‘Threat or possession with intent to commit criminal damage’, which has seen a 51% increase (+355 offences).
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