Crime recording changes continue to impact on crime figures (21 Jan 2016)

Latest figures show overall recorded crime in West Yorkshire has risen, largely due to the continued impact of changes in how West Yorkshire Police records crime.

Much of the increase, revealed in figures out today from the Office for National Statistics, results from more consistent recording processes in line with the National Crime Recording Standard. Previously, while crimes were being properly investigated, they were not always recorded correctly, particularly at the initial stage.

With crime having fallen for the 11th consecutive year in 2014/15, the figures show that overall recorded crime has risen by 18.9% in the 12 months from September 2014 - September 2015.

It is estimated that the actual increase was around 2%, with the rest due to the administrative changes.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable John Robins, said:

"One of the main reasons for the increase is a change to our recording practices, following recommendations to all Forces from Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary last year.

"We are, of course, working with less money and fewer officers and staff than in previous years. Despite the recent Government spending review being more favourable than expected, we have had to make significant savings and still have further savings to find by 2017.

"We have therefore reviewed resources, to ensure we deliver an even more effective public service, with a focus on investigating safeguarding issues and protecting the most vulnerable in our communities, while maintaining the neighbourhood presence we know that people value."

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"It's important to put these latest statistics into context. Crime data integrity and the way it is now recorded in West Yorkshire has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on the recorded crime figures and West Yorkshire has recently been praised by HMIC for the approach we have taken. The number of calls being received about crime are not increasing which means the majority of crime increases will be due to changes to crime recording, with the real increase being about 2% overall. We are also still seeing an increased confidence from victims of sexual offences in the number coming forward to report them."

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