The latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published today show crime continues to fall in West Yorkshire.
There were 1,347 fewer victims of crime across the county in the twelve months up to September 2021 when compared with the same period the previous year.
Violence with injury was down 2.7%, with robbery down 17%. House burglary was down the most, with 3,512 fewer crimes reported, down 26.9%, and vehicle crime down 18.9%, with 3225 fewer incidents reported.
Chief Constable John Robins QPM, said: “I am pleased with the continued long-term reduction in crime, particularly acquisitive crimes offences such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime.
“Our officers, staff and volunteers work around the clock to provide the best possible service they can to our local communities. This was recently recognised when the Force was judged one of the best in the country by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.”
The Mayor of West Yorkshire has welcomed the reduction in crime overall but will continue to closely monitor the increase of sexual offensives and domestic violence.
Mayor Brabin said: “Although the latest figures continue to be influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is welcome news that overall crime has continued to fall in West Yorkshire.
“I am, however, concerned by and closely monitoring the increases we are experiencing in relation to sexual offences, which I know have been exacerbated by the lockdown periods, especially when it comes to domestic abuse and violence.
“Ensuring the safety of women and girls is something that I am personally committed to achieving and we must each work together in partnership to get there.
“As I promised in my manifesto pledge, it is a goal that will sit at the very heart of my first Police and Crime Plan, which is due to launch in the coming weeks.
“The reductions in burglary, robbery and vehicle offences are particularly encouraging, with greater decreases than the national average.
“I am pleased that violence with injury is down but violence against a person and offences for possession of weapons have both seen increases. These are areas we will continue to focus on.
“Operation Jemlock, set up to tackle knife crime, has successfully removed over a thousand weapons from the streets and this proactive approach may have contributed to the increase in offences seen in the data.
“It is imperative that there is continued support for this work and that of the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), which is tackling issues up-steam in a preventative, public health approach.
“I will continue to liaise with the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and other key partners, keeping our foot firmly on the pedal and our communities safe.”