The latest crime figures show crime is up by over 8% in West Yorkshire.
The latest crime statistics released by the Office for National Statistics show that crime is up by 8.2%, looking at data from 2021 compared to the twelve months leading up to December 2020.
The period leading up to Decemeber 2020 was particularly impacted by the first lockdown resulting in fewer crimes, the Force has said.
However, there were 2,737 fewer burglaries and reductions in other key crime categories including theft from vehicles.
West Yorkshire Police, said: “Ongoing improvements in crime recording by West Yorkshire Police to ensure a true and accurate picture of offences is recorded along with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic have affected recorded crime levels across the county.
“Compared to two years ago the latest figures are 4.1% lower with 12,056 fewer offences.”
Deputy Chief Constable Russ Foster, said: “While both periods were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the period up to December 2020 was particularly impacted by the first lockdowns and therefore crime levels during this time were significantly lower than normal.”
Mr Foster added: “The Force is still making progress and introducing new processes to ensure we continue to record crime ethically, accurately and with integrity. This victim focussed approach to crime recording has seen offences such as public order, criminal damage and harassment increase over recent months as we improve our crime recording processes in relation to anti-social behaviour.
“Our focus on violence against women also rightly ensures we continue to record high numbers of domestic-related crimes so that we can deliver the best service to victims.
“Our officers, staff and volunteers work hard to provide the best possible service to our local communities. This was highlighted in the most recent inspections by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).”
West Yorkshire Police performance was graded across ten areas of policing with the HMICFRS finding the force outstanding in four areas, good in four areas and adequate in two areas.
HMICFRS stated that the Force is outstanding at preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, ‘Outstanding’ at treating the public with fairness and respect, outstanding at disrupting serious and organised crime and Outstanding at providing value for money.
They graded the Force as good at how it responds to the public, good at protecting vulnerable people, good at managing offenders and suspects and also good at supporting its workforce.
It was also been recognised that despite having some of the highest demands nationally, the Force’s call handling and deployment processes are adequate and that it effectively pursues offenders and suspects to protect the public from harm.
In the last HMICFRS report into Crime Recording Practices, West Yorkshire Police was one of only five forces in the country to be graded as outstanding at crime-recording accuracy, putting victims at the forefront of the force’s crime-recording arrangements.