Rise in sexual offences and drop in thefts – crime stats

There has been no rise in overall crime in the Humberside region despite an increase of seven per cent nationally
There has been no rise in overall crime in the Humberside region despite an increase of seven per cent nationally

A report has revealed there has been no rise in overall crime in the region despite a national increase of seven per cent.

Humberside has seen an overall reduction in the number of theft offences, down five per cent in total, with burglary (-10 per cent), theft from the person (-12 per cent) and bicycle theft (-10 per cent) among the heavy fallers. Drug offences took a dramatic fall last year with more than a quarter (26 per cent) of recorded incidents from the previous year.

These figures are part of the Office of National Statisitics’s published figures for the Humberside Police area for the 12 months to September 2015.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove said: “These latest figures are not only early signs that the new force structure was the right way to go, but are testament to the ongoing hard work by officers and staff to prevent crime and keep our communities safer.”

The publication shows an increase in the number of sexual offences locally (up 12 per cent), but still significantly less than the national increase of 37 per cent.

Humberside has also seen a 13 per cent increase in the number of violence against the person offences, with 1,230 of the 1,650 increase in violence accounted for by violence without injury.

Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: “We have made progress but much remains to be done and we will continue to to bring a real step change in our region.”