Crime is down for sixth year

Chief Supt Bob Dyson
Chief Supt Bob Dyson

THE number of crimes reported in South Yorkshire last year fell by almost 2,000 according to the latest police figures

South Yorkshire Police has seena fall in the number of crimes for the sixth consecutive year with 1,889 fewer victims between April 2011 and March 2012, compared to the previous 12-months.

The figures across South Yorkshire shown an overall drop in crime of two per cent to 100,852 crimes.

The numbers of violent crime, vehicle crime and criminal damage offences dropped, but the force did see increases in burglary and metal theft.

Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson said: “These are challenging times for the police service but today’s figures show our ongoing commitment to tackle crime and keep people safe.

“This year has also seen an eight per cent drop in antisocial behaviour incidents across the Force, demonstrating our efforts to address the issues that matter to local communities.

“Maintaining this performance will not be easy but we’ll continue to use our resources as effectively as possible to deliver the best possible service to people in South Yorkshire.”

The number of violent crimes fell 12 per cent by 1,969 cases to 15,050 offences and there were 10 fewer robberies, down one per cent to 861.

Vehicle crime has fell by 8 per cent, theft of vehicles is down 18 per cent and theft from vehicles was reduced by 5 per cent by 411 to 8,460 offences.

All types of burglaries saw an increase, but the crime that saw the sharpest rise was metal thefts, which rose by almost a quarter from 957 crimes to 4,933.

DCC Dyson said: “This week’s stolen metal operation led to 39 arrests and shows how seriously we are taking the rise in metal theft across the county.

“This is just the latest operation of its kind and we will continue to work closely with British Transport Police, utility companies and other regional forces while the problem exists.

“Burglary has a huge impact on people’s lives and we’re making every effort to address the six per cent rise with dedicated teams continuing to work tirelessly to tackle this and other serious acquisitive crimes.”