North Lincolnshire has one of the highest rates of burglary in England and Wales

CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.

North Lincolnshire has one of the highest rates of burglary in England and Wales, according to the latest police recorded crime figures.

There were 1,441 household break-ins between April 2017 and March 2018, data from the Office for National Statistics shows.

This means that eight out of every 1,000 people in North Lincolnshire reported a burglary, one of the highest rates in England and Wales.

The statistics are based on crimes recorded by the police, and the ONS urges caution in interpreting some of these figures.

Some offences go unreported while others may be more numerous due to a change in the focus of the police or greater public attention.

However statisticians said there appears to be a genuine rise in burglary as it is a crime that’s “relatively well-reported by the public and relatively well-recorded by the police”.

Caroline Youell, from the ONS, said: “Most people don’t experience crime. The figures show a fairly stable picture in England and Wales for most crime types. It is too early to say if this is a change to the long-term declining trend.

“We have seen continued increases in some theft offences such as vehicle-related theft and burglary, while computer viruses have fallen.

“There have also been increases in some lower-volume ‘high-harm’ offences such as homicide and knife crime, consistent with rises over the past three years. However, the latest rise in gun crime is much smaller than previously seen.”

Across England and Wales there was a 16 per cent increase in offences with knives or sharp objects and a 12 per cent rise in homicides - murders and manslaughters - excluding charges from the Hillsborough disaster and terror attacks.

Overall, police recorded crime in North Lincolnshire increased in 2017-18.

During the last year 14,072 crimes were recorded, up by 13 per cent on 2016-17. That means there was a rate of 82 crimes per 1,000 residents during 2017-18, the same as the England and Wales average.

According to the ONS police numbers are at their lowest level since 1996.