Region’s crime figures reveal bigger picture

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Sexual offences, violent crime and knife crime have all risen across the Humberside Police area according to latest figures.

Overall crime rose by one per cent over the year between March 2014 and March 2015 according to statistics released by the Office of National Statistics.

The figures released last week show that sexual crimes increased 29 per cent, knife crime increased by 14 per cent, and violent crime rose 13 per cent.

However the force saw dramatic falls in a number of crime categories including drug offences which were down 20 per cent, and also robbery which was down five per cent.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “While the latest annual recorded crime figures show increases in some crime areas there are numerous areas which have seen a reduction; burglary, criminal damage and arson to name a few.

“The number of recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour has also fallen for the 12 months to March 2015, as compared to the same period last year. The modest increase in overall crime across Humberside (0.7 per cent), is reflected across the country with a national two per cent increase.

“There has been a 13 per cent increase in violence against the person in Humberside (30 per cent nationally).”

The spokesperson added the 29 per cent rise in sexual offences was largely a result of improved data recording and “increased victim confidence to report”.

Despite a national increase of 13 percent in violent crime, police officers in the area saw only a one per cent rise in calls to the service - but a 23 per cent rise in police recording.

The force recently underwent a massive restructure with the goal of saving £31m by the end of 2019.

The spokesperson added: “Following the move to a one force model in April, we are continually striving to ensure we have our officers and staff in the right place at the right time and great effort is being made to ensure we meet the demands placed upon us. The force will continue to work with our communities to tackle criminality. It is vital that the public support us in our efforts to combat crime by taking steps to reduce the risk of them becoming victims in areas such as burglary and car crime. It is also important to note that a huge amount of work goes into areas such as complex public protection issues, cyber-crime and counter-terrorism - where the offences and their outcomes are not easily recorded.”