Fall in level of crime in district is welcomed

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Imran Hussain, deputy leader of Bradford Council Coun Imran Hussain, deputy leader of Bradford Council

Crime in West Yorkshire is continuing to fall, new statistics reveal.

But a leading Bradford councillor is to seek national clarification over a conflict in the crime figures.

The annual Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated there were eight million crimes against households and adult residents in the year to the end of last September – the lowest estimate in the survey’s 32-year history.

It found that property and vehicle crime was down by ten per cent on the previous year, while violent crime and theft from the person had fallen by nine per cent.

But crime figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, recorded 3.7 million offences – less than half the crime survey estimate – and only a three per cent decrease.

Statistics based on police recorded crime data have been found not to meet the required Code of Practice standard, but are still being published by the ONS.

The Crime Survey data, though, is still accepted as national statistics and is based on face-to-face interviews with residents in England and Wales.

West Yorkshire Police said yesterday that data from the Office for National Statistics showed crime fell in the county by four per cent, meaning there were 6,152 fewer victims of crime in the county.

Chief Constable Mark Gilmore said he was pleased overall crime continued to fall significantly throughout West Yorkshire, with greater reductions than the national average, and gave his commitment not to be complacent.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “These figures demonstrate that West Yorkshire Police officers and staff are working incredibly hard to help bring down crime, and the commitment in bringing criminals to justice is working.”

Bradford Council deputy leader Imran Hussain, in charge of safer and stronger communities in the district, welcomed the figures, but said the discrepancy between the police and Crime Survey data needed further investigation.

Councillor Hussain said: “The police figures have been branded as unreliable, as I understand it.

“Further questions clearly need to be answered as to why they are unreliable, and why there is a discrepancy.

“The figures give us a picture we rely on in terms of policing to come and where to allocate resources in the future, so they are very important. I will be discussing this with the Police and Crime Commissioner, and asking if he can seek clarification at a national level.”

West Yorkshire Police Federation chairman, Nick Smart, said no accurate recording system was in place and the two official sets of figures were in dispute.

But Mr Smart added: “There is a current theme across both reports that crime is coming down, which we welcome.”

He called for a clearer categorisation of some offences, for instance violence against the person, which can range from grievous bodily harm to a much less serious common assault.

The reductions in West Yorkshire included a 12 per cent drop in domestic burglaries and a 13 per cent fall in robberies and drugs offences. But shoplifting was up by 12 per cent and sexual offences by 65 per cent.

The Chief Constable said the rise in sexual offences was driven by high-profile, historic sexual offence cases which had led a number of victims to come forward, investment to enhance the quality of crime recording and understanding the nature of sexual offending, and a police-led campaign, ‘Know the Signs’, which encouraged vulnerable victims to come forward.

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6:45am Fri 24 Jan 14

collos25 says...

What it really says is that people unless they are insured do not bother reporting crime and the police go around with blinkers .We often hear cells are full and prisons are full the two reports do not tally, once again a flowery report to try and create a feel good factor instead of the truth.
What it really says is that people unless they are insured do not bother reporting crime and the police go around with blinkers .We often hear cells are full and prisons are full the two reports do not tally, once again a flowery report to try and create a feel good factor instead of the truth. collos25

7:46am Fri 24 Jan 14

mad matt says...

Even if you do report a theft and get an incident number, unless the police are able to arrest someone, the statistic does not seem to be counted.
Even if you do report a theft and get an incident number, unless the police are able to arrest someone, the statistic does not seem to be counted. mad matt

8:35am Fri 24 Jan 14

SinnerSaint says...

Not based on what you read on here it isn't!!!

I reckon Bradford is bucking the trend...
Not based on what you read on here it isn't!!! I reckon Bradford is bucking the trend... SinnerSaint

9:20am Fri 24 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

Best way to get crime figures down is to ignore crime, even when it happens under your nose. How many drug deals will happen in Bradford today? Each deal a separate crime. As stated earlier the crimes that do not get reported rising by the day. So once again these figures are rubbish.
Best way to get crime figures down is to ignore crime, even when it happens under your nose. How many drug deals will happen in Bradford today? Each deal a separate crime. As stated earlier the crimes that do not get reported rising by the day. So once again these figures are rubbish. alive and awake

9:57am Fri 24 Jan 14

theoutsider says...

IT WOULD BE IF IT WERE TRUE ! - HAVE ANOTHER LOOK AROUND YOU.
IT WOULD BE IF IT WERE TRUE ! - HAVE ANOTHER LOOK AROUND YOU. theoutsider

12:34pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Joedavid says...

Heard a police report recently in Eccleshill and report was crime against householders was up, strange up in Eccleshill and overall down.
Heard a police report recently in Eccleshill and report was crime against householders was up, strange up in Eccleshill and overall down. Joedavid

3:30pm Fri 24 Jan 14

allinittogether says...

How can we be expected to believe this when;

"Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home"

" Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling"

are headlines from the last two days?

There's some serious cooking of the books going on here!
How can we be expected to believe this when; "Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home" " Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling" are headlines from the last two days? There's some serious cooking of the books going on here! allinittogether

5:07pm Fri 24 Jan 14

bd7 helper says...

Summat not right here
Summat not right here bd7 helper

7:48pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Mik_e says...

REPORTED crime is down, big difference to actual crime being down. Most decent honest people have lost so much faith in the police and courts, that seem to put the interest of offenders before victims. Victims and witnesses are now treated terribly and courts hand out sentences that are a joke.
REPORTED crime is down, big difference to actual crime being down. Most decent honest people have lost so much faith in the police and courts, that seem to put the interest of offenders before victims. Victims and witnesses are now treated terribly and courts hand out sentences that are a joke. Mik_e

10:05am Sat 25 Jan 14

Banni2 says...

allinittogether wrote:
How can we be expected to believe this when;

"Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home"

" Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling"

are headlines from the last two days?

There's some serious cooking of the books going on here!
If you keep your head deep in the sand the facts can be hidden .

The people who magic statistics should read the Telegraph and watch the local news on the TV.

Then they will live in the real world that is Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: How can we be expected to believe this when; "Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home" " Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling" are headlines from the last two days? There's some serious cooking of the books going on here![/p][/quote]If you keep your head deep in the sand the facts can be hidden . The people who magic statistics should read the Telegraph and watch the local news on the TV. Then they will live in the real world that is Bradford. Banni2

10:05am Sat 25 Jan 14

Banni2 says...

allinittogether wrote:
How can we be expected to believe this when;

"Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home"

" Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling"

are headlines from the last two days?

There's some serious cooking of the books going on here!
If you keep your head deep in the sand the facts can be hidden .

The people who magic statistics should read the Telegraph and watch the local news on the TV.

Then they will live in the real world that is Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: How can we be expected to believe this when; "Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home" " Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling" are headlines from the last two days? There's some serious cooking of the books going on here![/p][/quote]If you keep your head deep in the sand the facts can be hidden . The people who magic statistics should read the Telegraph and watch the local news on the TV. Then they will live in the real world that is Bradford. Banni2

11:40am Sat 25 Jan 14

Keighley Exile says...

mad matt wrote:
Even if you do report a theft and get an incident number, unless the police are able to arrest someone, the statistic does not seem to be counted.
Wrong. If you report a theft it will be recorded as such and it will count towards the crime figures whether anyone is arrested or not.
[quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: Even if you do report a theft and get an incident number, unless the police are able to arrest someone, the statistic does not seem to be counted.[/p][/quote]Wrong. If you report a theft it will be recorded as such and it will count towards the crime figures whether anyone is arrested or not. Keighley Exile

11:42am Sat 25 Jan 14

Keighley Exile says...

allinittogether wrote:
How can we be expected to believe this when;

"Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home"

" Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling"

are headlines from the last two days?

There's some serious cooking of the books going on here!
Well, these are two crimes. You read about them in the paper because they are quite serious ones which have attracted publicity.
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: How can we be expected to believe this when; "Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home" " Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling" are headlines from the last two days? There's some serious cooking of the books going on here![/p][/quote]Well, these are two crimes. You read about them in the paper because they are quite serious ones which have attracted publicity. Keighley Exile

2:47pm Sat 25 Jan 14

allinittogether says...

Keighley Exile wrote:
allinittogether wrote:
How can we be expected to believe this when;

"Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home"

" Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling"

are headlines from the last two days?

There's some serious cooking of the books going on here!
Well, these are two crimes. You read about them in the paper because they are quite serious ones which have attracted publicity.
Doesn't matter what the "official" statistics say the perception of the public is that crime is not down and the discrepancies in the data do nothing to allay people's fears.
The facts are that we do not believe anything the authorities tell us these days because we've been lied to so many times over the years.
As I said earlier there is serious cooking of the books going on in all areas.
[quote][p][bold]Keighley Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: How can we be expected to believe this when; "Woman robbed at knifepoint by masked gang who burst into her Bradford home" " Hunt for knifeman after "frightening attack" in street in East Bowling" are headlines from the last two days? There's some serious cooking of the books going on here![/p][/quote]Well, these are two crimes. You read about them in the paper because they are quite serious ones which have attracted publicity.[/p][/quote]Doesn't matter what the "official" statistics say the perception of the public is that crime is not down and the discrepancies in the data do nothing to allay people's fears. The facts are that we do not believe anything the authorities tell us these days because we've been lied to so many times over the years. As I said earlier there is serious cooking of the books going on in all areas. allinittogether

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