Discrepancy in new crime figures needs investigating

Discrepancy in new crime figures needs investigating

Discrepancy in new crime figures needs investigating

First published in News

County crime is continuing to fall, new statistics reveal.

But a leading councillor is to seek national clarification about a conflict in figures.

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

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

West Yorkshire Police said the ONS data showed crime fell in the county by four per cent, meaning there were 6,152 fewer victims of crime.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: “These figures demonstrate 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 Councillor 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.

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

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:26pm Thu 30 Jan 14

steve10 says...

So do we believe the previous story about the crime figures falling in the area ?
So do we believe the previous story about the crime figures falling in the area ? steve10
  • Score: 0

10:59pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Mik_e says...

Reported crime and actual crime are two different things.
Most people, myself included no longer report things to the police, unless they have to for insurance claims. Criminals are treated far better than victims, courts hand out ridiculously lenient sentences, because they are told to do so by a government that does not want the expense of looking after people in prison.
Reported crime and actual crime are two different things. Most people, myself included no longer report things to the police, unless they have to for insurance claims. Criminals are treated far better than victims, courts hand out ridiculously lenient sentences, because they are told to do so by a government that does not want the expense of looking after people in prison. Mik_e
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree