Crime figures reveal no increase in South Yorkshire

Andy Holt appointed new deputy chief constable at South Yorkshire Police
Andy Holt appointed new deputy chief constable at South Yorkshire Police
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Crime in South Yorkshire has remained at the same level as last year, according to new figures.

Recorded crime in the year up to September 2014 did not increase, despite continuing budget cuts and a reduction in police officer and staff numbers.

According to the Office for National Statistics, all forces in England and Wales have seen an increase in reports of sexual offences, with a rise of some 72 per cent in South Yorkshire.

However, this increase is believed to be a positive sign that following high-profile investigations, more victims are reporting abuse.

There was also an increase of 33 per cent in violent offences - higher than most forces - but when looking at crimes of this nature per 1,000 population the region remains one of the lowest in the country.

There was an increase of nine per cent in robberies, 26 per cent in possessions of weapons offences, 14 per cent in public order offences and 13 per cent in miscellaneous crimes against society.

However, several crime types have fallen in the 12-month period including burglary, down 11 per cent; vehicle crime, down 16 per cent; drugs offences, down nine per cent; theft from the person, down four per cent; and criminal damage and arson, down nine per cent.

South Yorkshire Police has achieved these reduction despite the budget cuts and a further £45 million being saved by 2017.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said: “I am heartened that despite continued financial challenges, we have worked hard to ensure overall crime levels have remained static.

“We remain committed to tackling sexual offences and we continue to work sensitively with victims to offer them all the support they need.

“The willingness of victims to report sexual offences is encouraging. This significant increase in recorded offences gives me confidence that victims are telling us about what’s happened to them in the belief they will be listened to.”