Crime levels reduced

CRIME in Northumbria has dropped by more than 60 per cent in the last 20 years – with police, partners and the community all helping to drive down offences.

This year, there have been more than 7,000 fewer victims than last year, with crime falling in almost every category.

The Home Office released figures at the weekend on crime levels in England and Wales along with findings from the British Crime Survey.

Violent crime has dropped by 10 per cent, and vehicle crime has fallen by 14 per cent. Robbery and burglary have both fallen by five per cent and criminal damage is down by 19 per cent.

Chief Constable for Northumbria Police 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.”