Crime at a 31 year low, figures reveal

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Crime in West Yorkshire is at a 31-year low, latest figures have revealed.

However, continuing financial pressure and reducing resources mean the success of the past year will be increasingly difficult to sustain in future.

West Yorkshire Police continues to drive down crime with 1,635 fewer victims of crime in the year up to the end of March, when compared with the same period the previous year.

Reductions in house burglary and other burglaries have been recorded with 760 fewer victims and the number of thefts from vehicles is down by 2,743 offences.

Criminal damage and theft are also down with a 27.4 per cent reduction in thefts from people.

West Yorkshire Police Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “Crime is now back at levels last seen in the early 1980s.

“This is a tremendous performance when considering the challenging financial climate we have been operating in during recent years.

“Our officers and staff continue to work hard to reduce crime and these results are testament to their efforts.

“However as we move forward with diminishing resources it is difficult to see how this downward trend can be sustained – in fact, we are already seeing an upturn in some crimes.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to deliver the best quality service to support the public of West Yorkshire.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “It is reassuring to see that overall crime across West Yorkshire has fallen.

“These figures demonstrate that West Yorkshire Police officers and staff continue to work hard to help bring down crime despite severe budget pressures.”