Humberside Police - Total Crime
Here is the latest recorded crime data for the Humberside Police Force area for the 12 months ending March 2019, released by the Office of National Statistics on 18th July 2019.
Total recorded crime (excluding fraud) was 102,416. Compared to the previous 12 months this is an increase of 18% which is above the national increase of 8%. Every police force but four 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.
Key increases and reductions in Humberside:
Humberside has seen a 37% increase in the number of Violence against the Person offences, which is above the national increase of 20%. Humberside’s level of recorded Stalking and Harassment has more than doubled in the 12 months to March 2019 in comparison to the previous year and accounts for 61% of the change in violence recorded by the Force. The last ONS publication (data to December 2018) showed that nationally the Stalking and Harassment sub-category rose by 46% compared with the previous year, accounting for 50% 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 will also show an increase in the number of recorded Sexual offences, which is up 7% nationally and 22% 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”. 30% of the sexual offences recorded by Humberside Police in the 12 month period April 2018 to March 2019 relate to offences which were committed in previous years.
Humberside’s 21% increase in the number of Robberies is above the national increase of 11%. In the previous ONS publication, it was stated that “recording improvements are likely to have contributed to this rise”. Humberside’s increase was influenced by a spike in offences between May and July of last year, particularly in Hull. The latest data held by the Force show that, over the last 3 months (April to June 2019), Robbery has reduced by 20% from the equivalent period of last year.
The publication will show that the overall level of Theft offences is static, both nationally and locally. However, within this broad crime grouping, Humberside has achieved an 8% reduction in the number of burglaries and a 5% reduction in the number of vehicle offences, against a national reduction of 3% for burglary and a 2% increase for vehicle offences. The Force has however seen an 11% increase in the number of shoplifting offences against a national reduction of 2%. The latest data held by Humberside Police show that the Force’s increase in shoplifting has now almost levelled off, with an increase of only 1% in April to June of this year in comparison to April to June of last year.
Humberside has recorded a 15% increase in the number of Drug offences over the year. 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 33% increase in the number of Possession of weapons offences, which is above the national increase of 18%. 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 222 in 2017/18 to 295 in 2018/19. The publication will also show figures for the number of violent and sexual offences in which knives/sharp instruments were used/threatened to be used. For Humberside, this will show an increase of around 15%.
Humberside has recorded a 90% increase in the number of Public order offences, which is above the national increase of 17%. 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 levelling off, with an increase of 22% in April to June of this year in comparison to April to June of last year.
Humberside’s 22% increase in the number of Miscellaneous crimes against society is above the national increase of 11%. 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 45% increase (+338 offences).
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