Crime plummets in West Yorkshire

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Crime has plummeted across West Yorkshire with latest figures showing a ten per centre reduction in offences.

There were 18,258 fewer crime victims last year, according to the figures up to the end of December 2012. The number of crimes recorded across the county fell to 168,982. House burglaries fell by more than a quarter to 13,292 – a reduction of 28 per cent.

The figures also show:

• Violent crime down by 9 per cent

• Car crime reduced by 11 per cent

• Criminal damage down by 12 per cent

• Robbery reduced by 16 per cent

The performance in West Yorkshire betters the national performance which shows total crime down by eight per cent in England and Wales.

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “Fewer people were victims of crime in West Yorkshire last year. This is good news and down to the hard work of the police service and its partners who have risen to the challenge of continuing to make people safer at a time when they have sustained massive cuts in funding from the government.

“I have spent my first months in office listening to West Yorkshire’s residents and as a result have clearly set out my priorities to tackle crime in my first Police and Crime Plan.

“I have made commitments to make a difference in tackling all forms of crime. The target I have set on burglary for the coming five years is clear, and I am confident that compared to other comparable parts of the country that by working together with partners will do even better in cutting burglary compared to forces who are facing the same scale of challenges as the ones we have here in West Yorkshire.”

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Mark Gilmore said: “These latest results demonstrate the remarkable job being done by our officers, staff and partners every day to keep our communities safe.

“Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams remain at the heart of our local communities, working with partners to solve any problems supported by staff who are not visible to the public but are crucial in keeping our communities safe.

“The reductions in burglary are particularly welcome as we have put a lot of effort into tackling this crime which has a major impact on victims. We will continue to do so in line with the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.”