The number of crimes being reported in West Yorkshire has fallen to a 31 year low, figures released last week confirm.
Official statistics show there were 1635 fewer victims of crime in the year up to the end of March, when compared to the 12 months previously
But in a surprisingly frank statement, the county police force warned that the strain on budgets and reduced resources meant that the level of success would be hard to sustain going forward.
West Yorkshire’s Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “Crime is now back at levels last seen in the early 1980s.
“This is a tremendous performance when considering the challenging financial climate we have been operating in during recent years.
“However as we move forward with diminishing resources it is difficult to see how this downward trend can be sustained – in fact, we are already seeing an upturn in some crimes.”
Domestic burglary, theft offences and criminal damage all saw significant reductions.
But there was concern that the number of incidents of violent crime and sexual offences had increased by 5,531 and 1,353 respectively.
The force said the rise had been reported nationwide and was mainly down to changes in recording practices and victims having more confidence about coming forward.
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “While it is reassuring that crime has reduced, police officers and staff are required to deal with more and more complex issues such as Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), cyber-crime, human trafficking and counter terrorism.”
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