The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have caused concern across the district. These figures are routinely published, and give a picture of crime levels across the country.
We have enjoyed lower overall crime rates during the pandemic. Some areas of crime have increased during lockdown. Most notably fraud and computer misuse, as well as arson as we reported in this blog. The latest report uses data to the end of December 2021. Most of this year saw the country recovering from lockdown. The same can be said for crime rates! Are rising crime rates a reaction to the ease of lockdown?
These latest figures have prompted a worried reaction:
“I am concerned by and closely monitoring the increases we are experiencing in all areas…”West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin
Over 6 million crimes were reported in England and Wales in 2021. This is an increase of 8 per cent compared with the previous year, and demonstrates that crime is mostly returning to pre lockdown levels.
Forth coming publications of statistics will show whether crime rates will level out, reduce or increase. As we go through 2022, the statistics will be more comparable to “normal times” as lockdowns have had huge impact on crime – with some areas of crime thankfully seeing reductions whilst other areas have seen increases.
You can track local police recorded crime rates in your area using the police.uk website. You’ll also find advice on their website for how to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of crime. The Neighbourhood watch website is also a good resource for this.