Humberside Police - Total Crime
Here is the latest recorded crime data for the Humberside Police Force area for the 12 months ending June 2019, released by the Office of National Statistics on 17th October 2019.
Total recorded crime (excluding fraud) was 102,654. Compared to the previous 12 months this is an increase of 13% which is above the national increase of 6%. 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.
For Humberside, this predominantly affects the 12 month period April 2018 to March 2019 (of which 9 months from this period are contained in this latest reporting period between July 2018 and June 2019). The latest data held by Humberside Police show that the increase has now almost levelled off, with an increase of only 0.7% in April to September of this year in comparison to April to September of last year.
Key increases and reductions in Humberside:
Humberside has seen a 28% increase in the number of Violence against the Person offences, which is above the national increase of 16%. Humberside’s level of recorded Stalking and Harassment has nearly doubled in the 12 months to June 2019 in comparison to the previous year and accounts for 64% of the change in violence recorded by the Force. Whilst we don’t have the latest national data for the ONS sub-category breakdown of Violence against the Person, the last ONS publication (data to December 2018) showed that nationally the Stalking and Harassment sub-category rose by 50% compared with the previous year, accounting for 54% 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 offences since they were introduced in April 2015”.
The publication also shows an increase in the number of recorded Sexual offences, which is up 6% nationally and 15% 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”. Approximately 28% of the sexual offences recorded by Humberside Police in the 12 month period July 2018 to June 2019 relate to offences which were committed outside of the reporting period.
Humberside’s 7% increase in the number of Robberies is below the national increase of 11%. In the last ONS publication to March 2019, it was stated that “recording improvements are likely to have contributed to this rise”. Humberside’s increase was influenced by a spike in offences at Force level in March 2019, and in Scunthorpe in June 2019. The latest data held by the Force show that, over the last 6 months (April to September 2019), Robbery has increased by 4% from the equivalent period of last year (but this equates to just 2 offences difference).
The publication shows that the overall level of Theft offences is static nationally but has reduced by 3% locally. Within this broad crime grouping, Humberside has achieved a 7% reduction in the number of burglaries and an 8% reduction in the number of vehicle offences, against a national reduction of 3% for burglary and a rise of 3% nationally for vehicle offences. The Force has seen a 7% increase in the number of shoplifting offences against a national reduction of 4%. The latest data held by Humberside Police show that the Force’s increase in shoplifting has reduced on last year, with a reduction of just under 2% in the period April to September this year in comparison to April to September last year.
Humberside has recorded a 26% increase in the number of Drug offences over the year, comparative to a 15% increase nationally. 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 16% increase in the number of Possession of weapons offences, which is just above the national increase of 15%. The ONS recognises that “this figure can often be influenced by increases in targeted police action in relation to knife crime, which is most likely to occur at times when rises in offences involving knives are seen”. Over half (54%) of Humberside’s offences in this category relate to “Possession of article with blade or point”, which has increased from 256 in the period July 2017 and June 2018 compared to 301 in the period July 2018 to June 2019. The largest increase (49%) observed in this category was however “Possession of firearms offences”, which has increased from 33 in the period July 2017 and June 2018 compared to 49 in the period July 2018 to June 2019.
Humberside has recorded a 68% increase in the number of Public order offences, which is above the national increase of 10%. In the previous ONS publication, it was stated that “a large part of this increase is likely to reflect improvements to recording practices. For example, incidents that may have previously been recorded as an anti-social behaviour incident may now be recorded as a public order offence”. 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. The latest data held by Humberside Police show that the rise is now further levelling off, with an increase of 14% in April to September of this year in comparison to April to September of last year.
Humberside’s 9% increase in the number of Miscellaneous crimes against society is just above the national increase of 8%. Humberside’s increase in this category is mainly influenced by the offence classification of ‘Threat or possession with intent to commit criminal damage’, which has seen a 22% increase (+193 offences).
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