Drop in crime across West Yorkshire welcomed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (23 Jan 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 four per cent in West Yorkshire, compared to the three per cent drop across England and Wales.

The figures, revealed by the Office of National Statistics, show that domestic burglary is down by 12 per cent for the 12 months to September 2013, compared to the year before while non-domestic burglaries is down by seven per cent.

The figures also show that robbery is down by 13 per cent, with criminal damage and arson dropping by eight per cent, and possession of an offensive weapon dropping by nine per cent.

Despite some positive reductions, increases could be seen in sexual offences which rose 65 per cent during the same time period, shoplifting (up 12 per cent), and violence without injury (up 10 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.

"My pledge in the Police and Crime Plan to reduce domestic burglary is being realised, although we must not be complacent.

"We will continue working to bring it down further because I know burglary is a real concern for communities across West Yorkshire and blights lives.

"Sexual offences continues to be a serious concern but the reason for the rise here is the sad legacy of Jimmy Saville but also the successful Know the Signs campaign that has increased awareness of child sexual exploitation.

"I have been working with the Chief Constable on tackling those areas such as shoplifting and violence against the person where there has been a rise.

"I have spoken to key retailers about how we can work better together to improve crime prevention and provided £50,000 to foodbanks across West Yorkshire.

"Operation Venom last week shows what can be achieved and how important a visible police presence is to make communities safer and feel safer which is why maintaining frontline policing despite damaging Government cuts is essential.

"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.

"The drop in crime is good news but we can't maintain this because the way the funding formula works at the moment means if the cuts are passed onto policing we will suffer. The Government are taking 30 per cent of our budget by 2016/17 which means a cut of £152million so we have to work smarter but there is more risk arising with certain crimes and we would not want to fail."

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