Yearly crime figures released

Yearly crime figures released

Published at 5:11pm 15th October 2015. (Updated at 3:08pm 20th October 2015)

There's been a slight increase in overall crime in North and West Yorkshire.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there were a total of 35,280 crimes in North Yorkshire.

This gives a crime rate of 43.8 crimes per 1,000 people, in contrast to the Yorkshire region's average of 68.2 crimes and the national average of 63.8 crimes.

It means that there's been a slight 1.6% rise in crime - 556 more crimes - in comparison to the same period ending June 2014.

However, North Yorkshire Police says the figures place the area as the lowest crime location in England.

Broken down into the main crime categories, the figures for North Yorkshire show:

  • Domestic burglary reduced by 10% (1,410 crimes in total, down 156 from 1,566), with overall burglary down by 5.3% (4,015 crimes in total, down 223 from 4,238).
  • Criminal damage and arson down by 3% (5,302 crimes in total, down from 5,448).
  • 12% reduction in vehicle offences (2,214 crimes in total, down 298 from 2,512).
  • Robbery increased by 37% (161 crimes in total, up 44 from 117).
  • 7% decrease in theft offences (16,908 crimes in total).
  • Sexual offences up by 39% (1,092 crimes in total, up 305 from 787). Police say this rise is generally regarded as a positive reflection of the confidence victims have in North Yorkshire Police, particularly those making historical complaints.
  • Violence against the person increased by 21% (7,745 crimes in total, up 1,360 from 6,385).
  • Drug offences increased by 5% (2,011 crimes in total, up 98 from 1,913).
  • Possession of weapons offences up by 7% (208 crimes in total).
  • Public order offences are in line with last year (1,278 crimes in total, up 3 from 1,275).
  • Miscellaneous crimes against society, which includes the possession and publication of extreme sexual images, was up by 28% (575 crimes in total, up 127 from 448).

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: "Supported by strong partnership working across North Yorkshire and the City of York, North Yorkshire Police is doing everything in its power to keep our communities safe and secure.

"In spite of the funding challenges that all facets of the public sector are facing and the difficulties presented by the growth of cybercrime in particular, North Yorkshire Police remains resolute and determined to provide the very best service possible. We have invested in the latest Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to target travelling criminals, as well as in a new Cybercrime Unit.

"We will not let up on the small minority of criminals who can bring so much misery to the vast majority of decent people we are here to protect."

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, added: "The main objective in my Police and Crime Plan is to ensure that North Yorkshire is one of the safest places in the country to live, work and visit.

"Today's statistics show that, again, North Yorkshire is the safest place to live in England. This is testament to the work of the police, partners and our volunteers, all of whom I want to thank.

"Whilst we are seeing some fluctuations in some crime categories, the increase in reported incidents of sexual offences is a positive reflection of the increased trust and confidence in North Yorkshire Police.

"The future is going to be challenging, but North Yorkshire Police is in a strong position compared to other areas. This means that whilst difficult decisions will inevitably need to be made, the public can have confidence that the police will always be on hand to keep us all safe."

There's been an 8% increase in recorded crime in West Yorkshire. 

The force says the rise follows a reported 30-year low in recorded crime and is consistent with the trend in other forces, due to stricter adherence to the National Crime Recording Standard.

West Yorkshire Police says the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales actually suggests an overall reduction in the risk of crime in West Yorkshire, with fewer people saying they have been a victim of either personal or household crime.

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "These latest figures are not unexpected and will continue over the next few months as we change our recording practices. While they may look alarming, they are mainly as a result of administrative changes.

"The changes are better for victims of all crime types, as we are ensuring that every crime report is recorded at the earliest opportunity.

"This results in a better service, with victims reassured that the crimes are recorded promptly and responded to quickly and effectively.

"However, when the force experiences an increase in recording crime like this, it significantly increases the workload of our people and increases the demands upon the force.

"The current austerity measures mean we must continue to make substantial financial savings over the coming years and further cuts are expected to be announced in November, so we must continue to fundamentally change the way we do business. By way of an example, we are increasingly enabling greater access to the force through digital means.

"We are already analysing the levels of all types of demand in various areas of policing to ensure that we continue to protect the most vulnerable and provide the best possible service to the communities of West Yorkshire."

More information on the Office for National Statistics' website.