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Crime figures released for West Yorkshire

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Crime in West Yorkshire may be at its lowest level in more than 30 years, but concerns remain about a rise in sexual offences and violent crime.

New statistics show that overall crime has dropped for the tenth consecutive year. It has reduced by almost two per cent, with fewer burglaries and robberies.

Vehicle crime, drug offences and the number of people who were  carrying an offensive weapon were also down last year, according to the figures from the Office of National Statistics.

Overall there were 159,513 offences recorded in the 12 month to March.

But sexual offences rose by 11.7 per cent (almost 300 more incidents).

Analysts claim that the increase in this type of incident – in common with forces around the country – is partly because more victims are willing to come forward in the wake of the Jimmy Savile  scandal.

There were also more cases of violence against the person reported in West Yorkshire – an increase of 6.8 per cent on the previous 12 months. A change in the way offences are recorded has been cited for this particular rise.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable John Robins said: “It is really positive news that overall crime has fallen, showing that we are meeting the priorities set in the Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire.

“It is reassuring for residents to see that household burglary has dropped significantly over the last 12 months.  This has been a specific priority for us and our officers and staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve this for our communities.”

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