Crime in West Yorkshire down but still concern over number of burglaries

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Crime is down by nine per cent in West Yorkshire.

But there are still concerns over the number of break-ins in the area.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I welcome today’s figures and am pleased to see that West Yorkshire Police continues to perform well in difficult times with crime falling at a faster level on average in the force area when compared to other areas in England and Wales.

“It is particularly good to see that there has been less violent crime overall.

“However, we continue to suffer with a high burglary rate and although these figures show a clear drop we are still high when compared to other forces - 13 burglaries per 1,000 population compared to a national average of nine per 1,000 population.

“I will be including burglary as a priority in the Police and Crime Plan 2013/14 and to make sure people in West Yorkshire feel safer and are safer in their communities.

“I intend to raise my concerns about burglary levels with the Chief Constable and look at ways of working to continue to drive burglary down and move us much closer to the national average.”

West Yorkshire Police’s Temporary Chief Constable John Parkinson said: “Today’s figures show overall crime in West Yorkshire has dropped with nearly 18,000 fewer victims of crime and the risk of being a victim of crime in the county almost halving over the last ten years.

“It is encouraging to see that according to the latest public surveys we are achieving a high level of public satisfaction among the people we serve with 60 per cent agreeing that the police are dealing with local concerns.

“Our commitment to neighbourhood policing is stronger than ever before and is helping to deliver the local policing service residents want.

“However, the cuts to our resources mean that we face challenging times to maintain our progress in reducing crime. The force will work closely with the police and Crime Commissioner to prioritise resources re-focussing them to reduce crime in general and burglary in particular.”