Drop in crime, including burglary rates, welcomed by the PCC for West Yorkshire (17 July 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, welcomed the latest police recorded crime statistics which showed that crime overall had dropped by nearly two per cent in West Yorkshire, compared to a 1.3 per cent drop across England and Wales.

The figures, revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that domestic burglary is down by 13.5 per cent for the 12 months to March 2014, compared to the year before.

The figures also show that robbery is down by 11 per cent, with criminal damage and arson dropping by 6.2 per cent.

Despite some positive reductions, increases could be seen in sexual offences which rose 11.7 per cent during the same time period, shoplifting (up 6.9 per cent), and violence without injury (up 17.6 per cent).

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "These figures demonstrate that West Yorkshire Police officers and staff are working incredibly hard to help bring down crime across the county as the drop below the national average shows.

"Domestic burglary is a target in the Police and Crime Plan and reducing it is a credit to the work of West Yorkshire Police and partners.

"Incidences of robbery have dropped as have criminal damage and arson which is testament to the good work West Yorkshire Police and partners are doing to ensure communities are safer and feel safer.

"The rate of sexual offences continues to be a serious concern, but that rise has slowed down, and is below the national average rise and greater awareness and reporting could be a contributing factor for this. 

"I have been working with the Chief Officer team throughout the year on tackling those areas such as shoplifting and violence against the person where there continues to be a rise because we need to ensure that the issues behind these rises are understood and that the police and partners are working together to reduce crime. 

"I think what these figures show is that despite the severe Government cuts, which means 30 per cent of our budget reduced by 2016/17, or a cut of £152million, officers, staff and volunteers are working hard to reduce crime. 

"It is also worth noting that the recorded rate of anti-social behaviour incidents is the 12th lowest rate across England and Wales, and more than six per cent below the national average.

"These decreasing figures demonstrate that the hard work and continued commitment of officers and staff within West Yorkshire Police in bringing criminals to justice is working.

"Reducing antisocial behaviour is a priority in my refreshed Police and Crime Plan and is a priority for communities and partner agencies such as the police, councils and housing providers that recognise the impact such behaviour can have."

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