Humberside Police - Total Crime
Here is the latest recorded crime data for the Humberside Police Force area for the 12 months ending June 2020, released by the Office of National Statistics on 15th October 2020.
The figures show that Humberside has seen a 10% decrease in total recorded crime (excluding fraud) for the 12 months to June 2020, this is a slightly larger decrease to the provisional national figures where crime has decreased by 5%. The figures show that only 6 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 and the associated lockdown restrictions. A decrease of 10.5% (-10,788 crimes) has been observed for the period of October to September 2019/20 in comparison to October to September of the previous year. The bulk of the reduction was during the lockdown period and the Force is now seeing a return to more normal crime levels. When comparing the months of August and September 2020 against 2019 the reduction in total crime is only 2.5%.
The publication also shows a decrease in the number of recorded Sexual offences, which has dropped by 6% nationally and down 12% 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 30% decrease in Humberside compared to a 16% national decrease and Bicycle Theft with a 30% decrease in Humberside and 16% nationally. Another large decrease was shop theft with a 26% decrease in Humberside and 15% 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 16% 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 39.8% increase in the 12 months to June 2020 compared to the same period last year. Rises of 3.3% 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, which Humberside has seen during these comparison periods.
Humberside has recorded a 4% increase in the number of Public order offences, which is on par with the national increase of 5% but is improved on the picture for the 12 months to March 2020 (the previously published results) for Humberside which saw an increase of 9% 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 80% of all Public Order offences locally. This offence group reflected an 8% rise on the year prior with ‘Racially or religiously aggravated public fear, alarm or distress’ observing a similar rise of 7%. Nationally Public Order is an offence that has seen an increase during the COVID-19 period with 35 Forces recording increases when comparing data between 18/19 and 19/20.
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