Crime figures are still among the best nationwide

REGIONAL crime figures have fallen for the 22nd year in succession.

New figures from the Home Office show a three per cent reduction in overall crime across the Northumbria Force in the 12 months to June.

Reports are down in most categories of crime, with particular success in anti-social behaviour, where incidents have fallen by 11 per cent, and in possession of weapons, which has seen a 17 per cent fall.

Violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, theft, burglary dwelling, bicycle theft, shoplifting, drugs offences and public order offences all recorded reductions.

However, theft from the person was up 11 per cent and there were also increases in violence against the person without injury and burglary other than dwelling.

Northumbria continues to have a lower crime rate than many other forces and it is significantly lower than the forces that have similar geographic, demographic and social-economic situations.

Victim satisfaction is the highest in the country, with more than 91 per cent of people satisfied with the overall service they receive from police.

And the force’s 44 per cent detection rate is the second highest in England and Wales.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “There is no doubt that the more we cut crime, the greater the challenge becomes to drive it down further each year. It is a credit to all our officers and staff, and our partners, that we have continued to achieve this success in such testing circumstances and I want to thank them for their efforts.”

She said violent crime will be a particular focus for attention.