CRIME in the Northumbria Police region has dropped by over 60 per cent in the last 20 years, according to new figures.
And in 2010/11 there were more than 7,000 fewer victims than last year, with crime falling in almost every category.
Last week the Home Office released data from England and Wales along with findings from the British Crime Survey.
From April 2010 to March 2011, violent crime has reduced by 10 per cent and vehicle crime has fallen by 14 per cent. Robbery and burglary have both dropped by five per cent and criminal damage is down by 19 per cent.
Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “We welcome these figures which show that crime has fallen in nearly every category this year due to the dedicated hard work of all of officers and staff.
“Our work with partners including our communities, local authorities and other partner agencies is also key in delivering these results for local people.
“I must emphasise that our performance is dependent on working closely with others which is a cornerstone of our work.
“But we are not complacent. There is always room to improve the way we do things and we will continue to ask people about the issues that matter to them and take action to address emerging problems and target resources where they are needed most.”
Coun Mick Henry, Chair of Northumbria Police Authority, added: “I am very proud that Northumbria Police continues to be one of the best forces in the country.
“Northumbria Police Authority is committed to making sure that Northumbria is, and continues to be, one of the safest places in the country to live, work and spend leisure time.”