Crime figures show mixed results for area

Incidents of recorded crime in South Elmsall
Incidents of recorded crime in South Elmsall

FIGURES show that crime is on the up in South Elmsall and South Kirkby - but reported incidents have decreased in Hemsworth.

West Yorkshire Police has reported that crime across the county was down 3.9 per cent in 2010-2011 - equivalent to almost 8,000 offences - when compared to reported incidents during 2009-2010, with 2,122 less incidents of violent crime.

But, according to the policing summary, crime got worse in 2010-2011 in parts of the south east of the district, with a particular increase in recorded violent crime, when compared to 2009-2010.

And figures on the Home Office’s crime mapping website - which is supported by the West Yorkshire Police Authority - show there were 142 reported incidents of crime in South Elmsall during November 2011.

This is up from 113 incidents during December 2010. Offences of anti-social behaviour had risen from 50 to 57, burglary rose from five reported incidents to six and vehicle crime went up by five to 12.

Overall crime also rose from 106 to 111 in South Kirkby, from 157 to 174 in Moorthorpe, from 27 to 58 in Upton, from 23 to 32 in South Hiendley and from 42 to 55 in Havercroft.

But the Hemsworth ward saw a decrease in crime figures during the same period, with a drop from 130 to 86 in Hemsworth, from 80 to 41 in Kinsley and from 55 to 21 in Fitzwilliam.

All figures compare the reported levels of crime during the month of December 2010 with the reported figures during the month of November 2011.

Given the drop in the Hemsworth ward, the total month on month comparisons show a small decrease across the whole of the South Kirkby neighbourhood police team (NPT) area.

A police spokeswoman said: “The figures (from the police authority’s policing summary) for the area cover the period up to the end of March last year - since then we have seen a downturn in total crime and violent crime across the south east area, which covers Hemsworth, South Kirkby and South Elmsall and surrounding villages and we are working hard to sustain this.

“This reduction is down to robust management of known offenders to prevent reoffending, increased visibility, which acts as a deterrent, and other anti-crime initiatives involving our partners and the local communities.

“While we have seen an increase in total crime in some specific areas this is in the main down to incidents such as anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and shoplifting and we are working hard to tackle these issues.”

“We would urge anyone with information about those suspected of committing crime to contact police and we will take positive action.”