Crime down in West Yorkshire (16 Oct 2014)

Mark Burns Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: "It is reassuring to see that crime across West Yorkshire has fallen by nearly four per cent including a drop in house burglaries and robberies.

"Once again, these figures demonstrate that West Yorkshire Police officers and staff are working incredibly hard to help bring down crime across the county. Domestic burglary remains a priority in the Police and Crime Plan and reducing it so significantly is testament to the work of West Yorkshire Police and partners.

"I have noted that there have been increases in incidents of violence without injury, sexual offences, bicycle theft and shoplifting, apart from bicycle theft, these are all below the national increase. The increase in sexual offences could be partly down to increased awareness and willingness by victims to come forward.

"I will be addressing the increases with the Temporary Chief Constable and see what more can be done to bring these figures down.

"Robbery, criminal damage and arson have also seen drops of 10.4 per cent and 9 per cent respectively.

"It is also important to note in the context of these figures that we know there are some issues with crime recording that West Yorkshire Police are working to resolve, as highlighted in the HMIC report on crime data integrity recently.

"But that doesn't take away from the overall trend that crime has reduced despite damaging government cuts of at least 30 per cent by 2016/17 and the many challenges we all face. These decreasing figures demonstrate that the hard work and continued commitment of officers, staff and partners within West Yorkshire in reducing crime overall is working."

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