Humberside Police - Total Crime
Here is the latest recorded crime data for the Humberside Police Force area for the 12 months ending December 2019, released by the Office of National Statistics on 23rd April 2020.
The figures show that Humberside has seen a 3% increase in total recorded crime (excluding fraud) for the 12 months to December 2019, which is similar to the provisional national increase of 3%. 36 of the 42 forces in England and Wales have seen an increase. The ONS has previously stated that improvements made by police forces in recording crime are a factor in the increases. For Humberside, this predominantly affects the 12 month period April 2018 to March 2019 (of which 3 months from this period are contained in this latest reporting period between January 2019 and December 2019). The latest data held by Humberside Police shows that instead of increasing, Humberside is actually reflecting a decrease of crime. A decrease of -3.3% (-3,338 crimes) has been observed for the period April to March 2019/20 in comparison to April to March of the previous year.
Humberside has seen a 7% increase in the number of Violence against the Person offences, which is now just slightly below the national increase of 9%. For Humberside ‘Racially or religiously aggravated assault without injury’ reflects a rise of 26 offences (27%) and ‘Assault without injury on a Constable’ a rise of 109 offences (26%) when comparing the 12 months to December 2019 to the same period the year before. Humberside’s level of recorded Stalking and Harassment has increased by 14% in the 12 months to December. 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 a decrease in the number of recorded Sexual offences, which is up 2% nationally and down 7% for Humberside locally. Nationally it’s 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 picture of both Bicycle Theft and All Other Theft Offences have seen large decreases compared to the previous year. Bicycle Theft has seen a 13% decrease in comparison to a national decrease of 6%. In relation to All Other Theft Offences Humberside has recorded a decrease of 10% with the national figure showing a more modest reduction of 3%.
The publication will show that the overall level of Theft offences is down slightly with a 3% decrease on last year nationally. Locally, again, it’s good news for Humberside with the Force seeing a reduction of 4% in the 12 months to December 2019.
Humberside has recorded an 18% increase in the number of Drug offences over the year, comparative to a 21% increase nationally. Analysis of the crime categories within this group for the Force reveals that the greatest change was observed within the ‘Possession of controlled drugs (Cannabis)’ group with a 32% increase in the 12 months to December 2019 compared to the same period last year. Rises of 6% to 10% were also observed in the categories ‘Trafficking in controlled drugs’ (10%) and ‘Possession of controlled drugs (excl. Cannabis)’ (6%). It is recognised that an increase for this crime type can indicate an increase in targeted police action to identify these offences or as a result of more stop and search activity.
Humberside has recorded an 18% increase in the number of Possession of weapons offences, which is above the national increase of 10%. 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 269 in the period January 2018 and December 2018 compared to 327 in the period January 2019 to December 2019. The largest notable increase (16%) was observed in category of “Possession of other weapons offences”, which has risen from 143 offences in the period January 2018 and December 2018 compared to 166 offences in the period January 2019 to December 2019.
Humberside has recorded a 23% increase in the number of Public order offences, which is above the national increase of 5% but is improved on the picture for the 12 months to September 2019 (the previously published results) for Humberside which saw an increase of 38% compared to the year prior. In a 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 just over three-quarters of all Public Order offences locally. This offence group reflected a 48% rise on the year prior with ‘Racially or religiously aggravated public fear, alarm or distress’ observing a similar rise of 47%. A previous 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 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 shows that the rise is reducing further still with the Force recently recording an increase of 9% in the period April to March of this year in comparison to April to March of last year.
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