PCC comment on publication of ONS crime statistics (26 April 2018)

Responding to the latest release of crime statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), concerning the figures from 12 months to December 2017, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said:

"The ONS data shows that overall recorded crime has increased by 13.3% in West Yorkshire which is a lower rate than the national average of 15.3%.

"As previously reported, West Yorkshire Police have made good improvements to their crime recording practices which continue to affect the figures in the medium term. When the improvements to crime recording changes are taken into account the actual rise is assessed at around 5%.

"Whilst both figures show an increase, that increase is gradually slowing and is lower than the national average and comparable police forces. This is testament to the hard work of West Yorkshire Police both in tackling crime and ensuring accurate recording practices, painting a more accurate picture overall.

"Improved crime recording practice and proactive police awareness campaigns have seen increases in some crime types which is demonstrating better recording of crimes and an improvement in victims and witnesses willingness to report crimes.

"However, I have regular meetings and discussions with the Chef Constable around the work being done to tackle areas of crime including sexual offences and violent crime to ensure our plans and strategies are fit for purpose.

"Early intervention and prevention are key to addressing violent crime and we have recently reinvested into the Neighbourhood Policing Teams to ensure vital community policing and links are strengthen and supported.

"Partnership work is also crucial to ensure we are working collectively to keep people in West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe despite the continued Government cuts to policing and other public services."

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