Crime has fallen in Calderdale, official figures show
Crime has fallen over the last year in Calderdale, official police records reveal.
West Yorkshire Police recorded 22,972 offences in Calderdale in the 12 months to September, according to the Office for National Statistics.
That was a decrease of 9% compared to the previous year, when there were 25,276.
At 109 crimes per 1,000 people, that was far higher than the rate across England and Wales, which stood at 83.
Crimes recorded in Calderdale included:
867 sexual offences, a decrease of 5%
9,781 violent offences, a decrease of 4%
2,252 incidents of criminal damage and arson, down 3%
676 drug offences, up 19%
166 possession of weapons such as firearms or knives, up 23%
2,830 public order offences, up 10%
5,561 theft offences, down 28%
Overall, police recorded 6% fewer crimes across England and Wales – there were around 5.7 million offences in the year to September.
The ONS said this was driven by substantial falls in the three months to June, particularly in theft offences.
But separate figures from its Crime Survey for England and Wales show the estimated number of victims of crime in the three months to September were similar to levels seen in the run-up to the pandemic.
Helen Ross, from the ONS Centre for Crime and Justice, said: “The coronavirus pandemic and related lockdown restrictions have resulted in fluctuations in the level of crime experienced in England and Wales.
“Data from the survey showed decreases in crime at the start of the pandemic, with rises seen over the summer months, specifically in theft, following the easing of lockdown measures, with overall crime now back at pre-lockdown levels of January to March 2020.
“There were also fluctuations in police recorded crime, but total recorded offences for July to September 2020 were below that seen in the same period in 2019.”
The ONS said an annual 3% drop in recorded knife crime across England and Wales was largely down to a 22% decrease in April to June. However, this was followed by a sharp increase in the three months to September.
Children’s charity Barnardo’s warned that offences could “erupt” once the latest lockdown is eased.
Chief executive Javed Khan said: “Children and young people have spent months out of school and away from their support networks, leaving many vulnerable to exploitation and control by criminal gangs who have seized on the disruption.
“With rising unemployment and poor job prospects, some young people are finding it hard to believe in a positive future, and see no alternative but to turn to a dangerous way of making money, carrying knives to protect themselves.”