PCC Responds to Latest ONS Figures for Crime in South Yorkshire

The latest statistics for recorded crime have been published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showing a slight increase in offences in South Yorkshire in the 12 months October 2022 to September 2023, compared with October 2021 to September 2022.

Commenting on the figures, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Dr Alan Billings said: “An apparent increase in crime figures, however slight, naturally gives cause for concern.

“However, we must be mindful that the latest ONS figures show levels of recorded crime, which can indicate increases in pro-active policing as well as more reporting from members of the public.”

“Overall, crime (excluding fraud) rose by 1% during the period October 2022 to September 2023, compared with October 2021 to September 2022. We could see this as a return to pre-pandemic levels, though in some cases those levels have not been reached.”

In South Yorkshire, there has been an increase of 17% in the recorded level of firearm offences, from 301 offences to 352 offences, however there was a much larger increase across Yorkshire and the Humber as a whole (34% increase). Nationally, England and Wales saw a smaller 3% increase.

Dr Billings added: “Firearms offences have increased by 17%. This reflects a disturbing increase across Yorkshire and Humberside as a whole – where the increase is 34%. This increase highlights the importance of the work South Yorkshire Police’s Armed Crime Team is doing.

“On the face of it, an increase in drugs offences of 20% may be a cause for concern, however this increase will be in part due to the police being more pro-active in seeking out these types of crimes and dealing with them. In that regard, these figures give me some assurance that drug related crimes are being given priority by South Yorkshire Police, in line with what residents tell me is a priority for the Force to deal with.”

Below are the crime types according to whether they increased or decreased in the 12 months October 2022 to September 2023 compared to October 2021 to September 2022 across South Yorkshire.

Decrease:

  • Criminal Damage and Arson (-8%)
  • Public Order Offences (-4%)
  • Violence Against the Person (-2%)

Increase:

  • Drug Offences (20%)
  • Firearms Offences (17%) (from 301 offences to 352 offences)
  • Possession of Weapons (15%)
  • Robbery (11%)
  • Theft (8%)
  • Crimes Against Society (3%)
  • Residential Burglary (3%)
  • Overall Crime (1%)
  • Stalking and Harassment (1%)

No change:  There has been no change in the following crime recording:

  • Knife and Sharp Instrument Offences
  • Sexual Offences

The ONS report for England and Wales can be viewed here: Crime in England and Wales: Police Force Area data tables – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)