PCC responds to the latest ONS crime statistics covering the year up to the end of June that show a 17.6% rise in crime across the county (19 Oct 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "Keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe is the overall vision of my Police and Crime Plan.

"So although the latest figures relating to recorded crime for West Yorkshire have risen, the public should be reassured that the Crime Survey of England and Wales (which is unaffected by recording practices) shows that the risk of becoming a victim of crime is continuing to reduce.

"That survey shows that the risk of becoming a victim of crime is falling in all crime categories (by 9% overall).

"West Yorkshire Police saw increases in recorded crime last year, because of early and sustained efforts in improving their recording practices. These are now starting to slow each month bringing us closer to the national average and that is reassuring to note whilst other police forces are now catching up on national crime recording practices.

"Whilst we obviously never want to see a rise, it is crucial that recording is accurate so we can fully understand the picture and the public can feel confident in reporting incidents.

"However, as I have said previously and will keep repeating as we draw nearer to the budget announcements, the demands being placed on police across England and Wales are continuing to increase, gaining in complexity.

"Resources are rightly focused on protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities such as missing people and those at risk of abuse, and tackling threats such as cyber crime, but this is against a backdrop of ever more stretched resources.

"Despite the challenges we face, HMIC's latest independent (PEEL) inspection which is an annual assessment of police forces in England and Wales, assessing their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy, rated West Yorkshire Police as good across the board.

"It's crucial that West Yorkshire Police have the resources to be able to provide the service our communities rightly expect and deserve to keep them safe and feeling safe.

"I will continue to urge the Government to ensure we are properly financed with the resources needed to ensure our communities remain safe with officers visible in our communities, properly equipped, where the public want them."

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