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East Riding crime figures reveal year-on-year rise

The latest statistics are based on crimes reported to police.
The latest statistics are based on crimes reported to police.

Crime has increased year-on-year in the East Riding of Yorkshire, according to the latest police recorded figures.

The news follows a concerted attempt by police and Market Weighton Town Council to tackle anti-social behaviour.

There were 18,643 reported offences in East Riding between April 2017 and March 2018, data from the Office for National Statistics shows.

That’s up by 16.4% on the previous year, when 16,021 incidents were recorded.

That means there was a rate of 55 crimes per 1,000 residents during 2017-18, below the England and Wales average of 82. The statistics are based on crimes reported to the police, and the ONS urges caution in interpreting some of these figures.

Some offences go unreported while others may be more numerous due to a change in the focus of the police or greater public attention.

Caroline Youell, from the ONS, said: “Most people don’t experience crime. The figures show a fairly stable picture in England and Wales for most crime types.

“It is too early to say if this is a change to the long-term declining trend.

“We have seen continued increases in some theft offences such as vehicle-related theft and burglary, while computer viruses have fallen.

“There have been increases in some lower-volume ‘high-harm’ offences such as homicide and knife crime, consistent with rises over the past three years. However, the latest rise in gun crime is much smaller than previously seen.”