Crime fell across the East Riding in the 12 months to September, official figures show

Crime has fallen over the last year in the East Riding, official police records reveal.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 2:00 pm
Humberside Police recorded 19,213 offences across the East Riding in the 12 months to September. Photo: PA Images

Humberside Police recorded 19,213 offences in the East Riding in the 12 months to September, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That was a decrease of 11% compared to the previous year, when there were 21,496.

At 56 crimes per 1,000 people, that was far lower than the rate across England and Wales, which stood at 83.

Crimes recorded in the East Riding included:

○ 657 sexual offences, a decrease of 13%

○ 7,156 violent offences, a decrease of 7%

○ 2,300 incidents of criminal damage and arson, down 10%

○ 358 drug offences, down 5%

○ 90 possession of weapons such as firearms or knives, down 10%

○ 2,466 public order offences, up 19%

○ 5,588 theft offences, down 24%

Overall, police recorded 6% fewer crimes across England and Wales – there were around 5.7 million offences in the year to September.

The ONS said this was driven by substantial falls in the three months to June, particularly in theft offences.

Helen Ross, from the ONS Centre for Crime and Justice, said: “The coronavirus pandemic and restrictions have resulted in fluctuations in the level of crime experienced in England and Wales.

“Data from the survey showed decreases in crime at the start of the pandemic, with rises seen over the summer months, specifically in theft, following the easing of lockdown measures, with overall crime now back at pre-lockdown levels of January to March 2020.

“There were also fluctuations in police recorded crime, but total recorded offences for July to September 2020 were below that seen in the same period in 2019.”

The ONS said an annual 3% drop in recorded knife crime across England and Wales was largely down to a 22% decrease in April to June.

However, this was followed by a sharp increase in the three months to September.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s warned that offences could “erupt” once the latest lockdown is eased.