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Humberside Police - Total Crime


Here is the latest recorded crime data for the Humberside Police Force area for the 12 months ending September 2020, released by the Office of National Statistics on 3rd February 2021.

The figures show that Humberside has seen a 10% decrease in total recorded crime (excluding fraud) for the 12 months to September 2020, this is a slightly larger decrease to the provisional national figures where crime has decreased by 6%. The figures show that only 5 of the 42 forces in England and Wales have seen an increase. The latest data held by Humberside Police shows that crime has seen a reduction primarily due to the outbreak of Covid-19, which saw its biggest impact between the months March to July and the associated lockdown restrictions. A decrease of 11.5% (-11,686 crimes) has been observed for the period of January to December 2019 in comparison to the same period in 2020. The bulk of the reduction was during the lockdown periods and the Force did see a return to more normal levels over the summer, however when comparing Nov-19 and Dec-19 with Nov-20 and Dec-20, there is a reduction of 12% and 16% respectively.

The publication also shows a decrease in the number of recorded Sexual offences, which has dropped by 6% nationally and down 8% for Humberside locally.

Humberside’s picture of Theft Offences including: Burglary, Vehicle Offences, Theft from the Person, Bicycle Theft, Shoplifting, All Other Theft Offences and Robbery have also seen large decreases compared to the previous year. This has also been observed nationally, these decreases can be linked to the lockdown restrictions during this period, when members of the public were more likely to be in their homes. The largest decreases in this group were Theft from the Person, with a 44% decrease in Humberside compared to a 29% national decrease, and Bicycle Theft with a 39% decrease in Humberside and 13% nationally. Another large decrease was shoplifting with a 34% decrease in Humberside and 23% nationally, again linked to shops and supermarkets either closing down or restricting the number of customers in store at any one time during the lockdown period.

Humberside has recorded a 15% increase in the number of Drug offences over the year, comparative to a 16% 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 40.9% increase in the 12 months to September 2020 compared to the same period last year. The other two big categories in Drug Offences (“Trafficking in controlled drugs” and “Possession of controlled drugs (excl. Cannabis)”) show slight decreases. 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, which Humberside has seen during these comparison periods.

Humberside has recorded a 14% increase in the number of Public order offences, which is greater than the national increase of 7%. This is a worsening picture as in the last publication Humberside only recorded a 4% increase. 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 81% of all Public Order offences locally. This offence group reflected an 18% rise on the year prior with ‘Racially or religiously aggravated public fear, alarm or distress’ observing a rise of 13%. Nationally Public Order is an offence that has seen an increase during the COVID-19 period, with 33 Forces recording increases when comparing data between 18/19 and 19/20. Despite Humberside recording an increase, this is not within the top 10 increases nationally.

Nationally there has been an increase in the number of “Miscellaneous crimes against society” crimes during the two comparison periods of 3%, however Humberside during this period has seen a decrease of 2%, one of only approximately 10 Forces to see this trend.