THE number of people becoming victims of muggings is falling.
There were 85 reports of individuals being robbed in Calderdale between the beginning of November 2010 and the end of October this year.
Figures, revealed to the Courier after a Freedom of Information request to West Yorkshire Police, also show there were 97 during the same period the year before, and 121 the year before that.
And Calderdale had less muggings reported than any other part of West Yorkshire for all three years.
Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long, from Calderdale Police, said: “Robberies are a serious crime which police take very seriously.
“Thankfully such offences are rare in Calderdale.
“Robberies can be anything from a young person committing theft to a more violent, armed offence,” he said.
“We treat them all as serious incidents and provide a very intense response.
“Investigations are given our utmost priority which has helped Calderdale’s detection rate for robberies to be well above the force average.”
In Kirklees, there were 424 muggings reported between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011.
There were 461 during the same period the year before, and 496 the year before that.
In the Bradford South division, which covers Queensbury, there were 323 muggings reported between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011.
There were 370 the year before, and 323 the year before that.
There were 2,283 reports of individuals being robbed across the whole of West Yorkshire between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011.
For the same period between 2009 and 2010, there were 2,329 reports and for between 2008 and 2009, there were 2.459.
The figures show that muggings accounted for on average 0.5 per cent of all crime reported in Calderdale for all three years.
Anyone with concerns about crime in their area can contact their neighbourhood policing teams via the new non-emergency telephone number 101.