Crime levels in York gradually increased during the lock-down period. The latest figures cover the period up to the end of May.
Those for “York Outer”, which excludes the City centre, revealed that 1689 crimes were reported during May.
This was a 12 month high.
Crime levels in the City centre fell significantly during the same period. Despite this, during May, the Guildhall ward had the 19th highest crime incidence of any unitary authority ward across England & Wales
In total 1849 crimes were recorded within the York Council area during May.
Over half the reports involved anti-social behaviour. There were also significant numbers of complaints about violence/sexual offences suggesting that social isolation might have adversely impacted on the domestic violence numbers.
Lock-down eased during June so observers will be watching carefully to see whether the crime trend continues.
The latest crime figures taken from the nation policing web site (click) show a stable picture in York.
A lot of effort has gone into making the City centre safer and this shows with a slight downward trend in crime reports during the last 12 months. The number of reports each month varies between 450 and 550. The largest number of incidents were reported in December 2018 so all eyes will be on the figures for last month when they become available.
Anti-social behaviour accounts for 34% of the reports. This is in line with the popular conception
that the City centre can be a rowdy environment at times.
Looking at the area outside the centre, which includes a large rural neighbourhood, crime reports have averaged around 1300 a month over the last year.
Anti social behaviour again is the most frequent report (31%) but is closely followed by “violence and sexual offences” (26%). The latter is mainly domestic disagreements.
A lot of historic information is available at a more local level.
In the Westfield Ward crime reports average around 150 a
month. Reports peak in the summer months.
Anti social behaviour (33%) and violence (28%) are the
biggest issues. 10% of reports concern criminal
damage (vandalism, graffiti etc) and arson.
A graph of crime reports in Westfield (left), prepared 5 years ago, shows a very similar volume of issues.
The Police are currently recruiting additional officers and PCSOs in North Yorkshire.