On Thursday 20th October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released their latest crime figures for the United Kingdom, including a breakdown of crime statistics in South Yorkshire.
The figures cover the years ending June 2015 to June 2016.
Statistics showed an overall decrease in house burglaries, burglaries in all other places, bicycle theft and drug offences in South Yorkshire. However, there were a number of notable increases in other areas over the past 12 months, including Violence both With and Without Injury, Vehicle Crime and Sexual Offences.
For the first time, the 96 cases of manslaughter recorded at Hillsborough in 1986 are recorded as homicides, which accounts for the majority of the 114 increase in recorded homicide in the area over the past 12 months. Excluding the victims at Hillsborough the statistics show a 3% year on year rise in Homicide in South Yorkshire.
National Crime Statistics and Trends
Up to the year ending June 2016, surveys estimated approximately 6.4 million incidents of crime, which is roughly in line with last year’s total estimate of 6.5 million. These figures do not include estimates for the new questions added to the survey since the 1st October 2015, which concern fraud and computer misuse offences.
Compared to the national average, statistics from South Yorkshire were 1% lower for sexual offences, 3% lower for theft from the person, 1% lower for shoplifting and 5% lower for the possession of offensive weapons.
Whilst South Yorkshire Police welcomed in part these figures, they were keen to stress that residents in South Yorkshire should remain vigilant against all forms of crime in the area and pledged to continue to work in communities and with other crime fighting partners in order to make the area a safer place to live.