Rise in crimes in East Riding

Chief Constable of Humberside Police, Justine Curran, is pictured at the force's headquarters in Hull.
Chief Constable of Humberside Police, Justine Curran, is pictured at the force's headquarters in Hull.

The number of robberies has risen by 56 per cent across the East Riding in the past 12 months, statistics have revealed.

There were a reported 45 burglaries in the 12 months leading up to March 2015, compared to 70 in the last year.

Between March 2015 and March this year police were called to crimes in the county 13,638 times, compared to 13,520 the 12 months previous, a rise of one per cent in overall crime.

Figures from the National Office of Statistics show violence without injury rose 34 per cent and possession of weapons by 11 per cent.

It has been found that the amount of drug offences is down 29 per cent, domestic burglary by nine per cent, while theft offences fell by five per cent.

Justine Curran, Chief Constable of Humberside Police described the statistics as “essential” while also admitting online harassment, included within the “violence without injury” category, is an area the force are investing in.

“This is an area that we’re taking very seriously and are investing in new skills and technology to combat cyber criminals and help the public protect themselves,” she said. “We have increased resource in our dedicated cyber-crime unit, which has specially trained staff who are working with businesses and young people to highlight the risks and give advice on how to prevent becoming a victim.

“As part of these measures, a new cyber investigation unit is also being created, which will deal with pure cyber-crime, such as server attacks and phishing, where the computer itself is the target. I am delighted to say that this unit will be up and running in the coming months, enabling us to deal with complex cyber attacks in our area.”

For the first time, the figures will be broken down for members of the public on the police and crime commissioner’s website.

PCC Keith Hunter said: “Transparency is very important to me, and when I was campaigning for election I was frustrated to find a lack of information available to me, as a member of the public, on how the police were performing.

“The information I will be publishing I want to make that available to everyone.

“To begin with, we’ll simply show you where Humberside Police are at the moment, and as time moves on I’ll report back on the progress that is being made to bring you an improved police service.”