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: “While much attention in recent months has been on a critical HMIC snapshot report from last summer when the force was in the middle of the biggest restructure in its history, 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 Humberside Police 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%), but still significantly less than the national increase of 37%.
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 the less serious category of violence without injury.
Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: “This is good news with Humberside one of only nine forces in the country to maintain its performance and not see an increase in overall recorded crime. Similar to other parts of the country violence has increased although at a significantly lower rate than elsewhere and we are working to address this issue.
“We have made progress but much remains to be done and we will continue to work with the public and our partners to bring a real step change in our region.”