On 21st July 2016 the Crime Figures for South Yorkshire and the UK were released by the Office for National Statistics. The ONS compiled data collected between March 2015 and March 2016, with some surprising results.

The report covers the latest findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) which showed a 6% fall in the overall number of incidents against adults for the survey year ending 31 March 2016.

Crime Statistics in South Yorkshire

In our area, drug offenses, burglaries and robberies were reported to have seen most significant reduction; respectively, there was a 23% drop in drugs related crimes, a 12% fall in house burglaries and a 6% fall in robberies.

The ONS also found an 18% increase in sexual offences and an 8% rise in possession of offensive weapons in South Yorkshire. This is slightly lower than the national average: when compared nationally the figures showed a 21% increase in sexual offences and a 16% rise in the possession of offensive weapons.

These findings were roughly in line with the average increase across England and Wales, which saw the overall crime rate rise by 9% over the 12 month period; this was led by a 47% increase in recorded crimes against the person without injury as well as a 15% increase in vehicle offences.