Violent crime, burglary and sex offences down as crime falls faster in Humber region than almost anywhere in UK
CRIME is falling faster in Humberside than almost anywhere in the country, according to new figures.
The total number of crimes across the force area fell by 15 per cent to 64,946 offences compared with 76,227 the previous year.
Violent crime, burglary and sexual offences have all fallen, with fraud the only crime on the increase.
Only the City of London police recorded a bigger drop in crime, with a 16 per cent reduction.
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The figures were released by the Office of National Statistics and cover the 12 months to September last year.
The figures were welcomed by Humberside police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove.
He said: "This is welcome news. The continued fall in crime means we have had more than 11,000 fewer victims in the past 12 months.
"In fact, in the past ten years, crime in the Humber region has fallen by more than 50 per cent, so officers can spend more time preventing crime rather than just responding to it, which reflects in the good figures."
Sept 2010-11: 76,227
Sept 2011-12: 64,946
Sept 2010-11: 11,822
Sept 2011-12: 9,354
Sept 2010-11: 14,567
Sept 2011-12: 13,138
Sept 2010-11: 1,250
Sept 2011-12: 1,119
Sept 2010-11: 6,382
Sept 2011-12: 5,037
Sept 2010-11: 512
Sept 2011-12: 486
Fraud and forgery
Sept 2010-11: 1,672
Sept 2011-12: 1,792
Sept 2010-11: 2,822
Sept 2011-12: 2,603
The figures come despite the force battling to find budget cuts of £30m before 2015.
More than 200 officers have left the force in the past two years, with a further 200 due to go.
Mr Grove said: "These significant reductions have been achieved in a period of financial austerity, which clearly demonstrates that success is not determined by how much money is available, but by what is done with that money and the personal commitment and dedication of those involved.
"This is very encouraging and I congratulate all those individuals who have delivered these improvements."
In his draft police and crime plan, Mr Grove said his priorities including improving the service provided to victims and reducing violent crime.
He said: "If you are unfortunate enough to become a victim of crime, you will now receive a better service. I am pleased to see a fall in violent crime, but even more pleased that, at a local level, domestic violence continues to be driven down."
The number of people saying they have confidence in the police has risen, with 59 per cent now saying they believe police deal with local concerns and that the police and council are dealing with local issues.
Last year, 49 per cent said they believed the police and council were dealing with issues, with 54 per cent saying police deal with local concerns.
Humberside Police Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Donald said: "Reported crime continues to fall across the Humberside Police area, which is really good news.
"Much is down to the good work of our criminal justice partners and councils as well as the public providing information and taking simple crime-prevention measures.
"This approach is the way we can reduce crime even further. I want people to be safe and secure so having fewer victims of crime is very welcome news.
"I'm delighted local officers and staff continue to rise to the challenge of making savings and providing greater value for money while tackling criminals."
Across England and Wales, overall crime has fallen by 7 per cent.