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There are claims that we're safer now than we've been for decades, with crime at its lowest level since figures were recorded back in the early 80s.
The latest numbers show a further drop in reported crime across our region. But there are concerns about whether we trust them .It's just days since police forces were stripped of an official "gold standard" mark by the statistic watchdog because of claims the figures are being fiddled.
Today South Yorkshire Police invited news cameras to join them at the start of three-day operation to bring people to justice in Rotherham, as a way of showing they have a grip on crime in the town. David Hirst reports.
Latest figures show that crime in Lincolnshire has fallen by 10%.
The results showed an average reduction of 4% across England and Wales with Lincolnshire showing the 2nd biggest reduction.
But Chief Constable Neil Rhodes says it's people that matter - not percentages.
Latest figures show crime has dropped by 5% in North Yorkshire with 1593 fewer victims.
The Office of National Statistics’ Crime in England and Wales report - for the 12 month period ending in September 2013 – shows a 5% drop in crime in the county.
This amounts to 1593 fewer victims of crime.
- Robbery has been reduced by 6% - with 8 fewer victims compared to the same period last year
- Burglary has been reduced by 5% - with 238 fewer victims
- Vehicle crime has been reduced by 16% - with 428 fewer victims
- Theft from a person has been reduced by 10% - with 51 fewer victims
- Cycle theft has been reduced by 4% - with 56 fewer victims
- Violence with injury has been reduced by 4% with 136 fewer victims.
- Criminal damage and arson has been reduced by 9% with 533 fewer victims
- Drug offences have been reduced by 9% - with 157 fewer crimes
- Possession of offensive weapons have been reduced by 24% - with 39 fewer crimes
Reports of sexual offences have increased by 20%, which is regarded as an indication that victims have growing confidence to come forward to the police.
Overall crime in the Humberside Police area fell by 1% in the 12 months to September 2013 compared to the previous 12 months (436 fewer offences).
However, there have been increases in violence without injury offences (up 21%), sexual offences (up 15%), burglaries (domestic up 3% and non-domestic up 17%) and shoplifting (up 9%)
There have been reductions in violence with injury (down 4%), vehicle offences (down 6%), theft from the person (down 10%) and criminal damage & arson (down 6%).
Crime in South Yorkshire is down 3% according to the latest national statistics out today, but there have been rises relating to violent crime, robbery and sexual offences.There were 3,117 fewer crimes across the county from October 2012 to September 2013 compared with the previous 12 months.
Some of the biggest reductions were recorded in possession of weapons (-11%), criminal damage and arson (-9%) and drug offences (-11%).
Violent crime went up 1% and robbery rose by 27%.
Sexual offences have also increased (+26%) comparing October 2012 to September 2013 with the previous year.
Police recorded 3.7 million offences in the year to September 2013, a decrease of 3% compared with the previous year, the Office for National Statistics has said.
However, police-recorded crime figures were last week stripped of an official "gold standard" mark by the statistics watchdog amid mounting concern they were being "fiddled" by police.
These are the first batch of statistics to be published since the UK Statistics Authority removed the National Statistics designation from all crime data recorded by the police.
- Total Crime- dropped by 4%- reduction of 6152
- Domestic Burglary- dropped by 12%- reduction of 1727
- Non Domestic Burglary- dropped by 7%- reduction of 1077
- Robbery- dropped by 13 %- reduction of 298
- Criminal Damage/ Arson- dropped by 8%- reduction of 2162
- Drug Offences- dropped by 13%- reduction of 956
- Possession of Offensive Weapon- dropped by 9%- reduction of 64
- Public Order Offences- dropped by 4%- reduction of 213
- Other Theft Offences- dropped by 11%- reduction of 3270
- Vehicle Offences- Remained the same
- Bicycle Theft- Increased by 4%- rise of 88
- Shoplifting- Increased by 12% - rise of 1510
- Violence Against the Person- Increased by 2%- rise of 445
- Sexual offences- Increased by 65%- rise of 1168
- Drug Offences- dropped by 13%- reduction of 956
Figures released by West Yorkshire Police show there has been a 65% rise in the number of sexual offences reported to them over the last year. It is thought largely to be down to historic cases reported to them following the start of the investigation into Jimmy Savile's victims.
Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) for the 12 months leading to September 2013 shows crime fell by 4% in the county compared to 3% nationally.
He also adds the rise is in part due to investing in how they record this type of crime and a campaign to encourage young victims to come forward.