Humberside Police - Total Crime
Here is the latest recorded crime data for the Humberside Police Force area for the 12 months ending March 2020, released by the Office of National Statistics on 17th July 2020.
The figures show that Humberside has seen a 3% decrease in total recorded crime (excluding fraud) for the 12 months to March 2020, which is similar to the provisional national figures where crime has remained constant. 26 of the 42 forces in England and Wales have seen an increase. The very latest data held by Humberside Police shows that crime has seen a reduction primarily due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the associated lockdown restrictions. A decrease of 9.8% (-10,043 crimes) has been observed for the period July to June 2019/20 in comparison to July to June of the previous year.
The publication also shows a decrease in the number of recorded Sexual offences, which has remained relatively static nationally and down 11% for Humberside locally.
Humberside’s picture of Bicycle Theft, All Other Theft Offences and Robbery have also seen large decreases compared to the previous year. Bicycle Theft has seen an 18% decrease in comparison to a national decrease of 11%. In relation to All Other Theft Offences Humberside has recorded a decrease of 13% with the national figure showing a more modest reduction of 6%. Nationally Robbery has seen an increase between the period of April-19 to March-20 when compared to the previous year, however Humberside has bucked this trend with a 14% decrease.
Humberside has recorded a 15% increase in the number of Drug offences over the year, comparative to a 19% 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 31% increase in the 12 months to March 2020 compared to the same period last year. Rises of 4% were also observed in the ‘Possession of controlled drugs (excl. Cannabis)’ category. 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 a 5% increase in the number of Possession of weapons offences, which is above the national increase of 3%. 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 (56%) of Humberside’s offences in this category relate to “Possession of article with blade or point”, which has increased from 295 in the period April 2018 and March 2019 compared to 322 in the period April 2019 to March 2020. The largest notable increase (37%) was observed in category of “Possession of firearms with intent”, which has risen from 35 offences to 48 offences in the period April 2019 to March 2020.
Humberside has recorded a 9% increase in the number of Public order offences, which is above the national increase of 4% but is improved on the picture for the 12 months to December 2019 (the previously published results) for Humberside which saw an increase of 23% 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 79% of all Public Order offences locally. This offence group reflected a 13% rise on the year prior with ‘Racially or religiously aggravated public fear, alarm or distress’ observing a similar rise of 11%. Despite these increases they are an improved picture when compared to the previous stats release.
The latest data held by Humberside Police shows that the rise is reducing further still with the Force recently recording an increase of 4% in the period July to June of this year in comparison to July to June of last year.
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