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Crime levels expected to drop more
6:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
Crime is falling and further reductions are expected, the new report shows.
But certain offences are on the rise, including domestic violence, robbery and vehicle crime.
Overall, crime has dropped by 18 per cent between 2008/09 and 2012/13 and this trend is expected to continue into next year.
Last year the number of burglaries dropped by 11.6 per cent and firearms discharges are now at their lowest level in three years.
Re-offending rates are also falling. They now stand at 8.7 per cent, a drop from 11.6 per cent in 2007/08 and one of the lowest rates in West Yorkshire.
But in the past year, robbery has increased by 7.3 per cent and there were 42 more vehicle crimes reported.
The report also shows that a third (34 per cent) of all violent crime is domestic.
And in the past year there has been an eight per cent increase in the number of domestic violence reports.
The report said this was a positive result, as it suggested more victims were coming forward to report abuse and seeking support.
People’s perception of crime is also changing.
More people think there is a problem with drug use and drug dealing in their local area than they did a year ago.
Now, 38 per cent of people think this is a problem locally, a rise of two per cent in a year.
Wendy Hall, strategic support manager, said the figure that surprised her most in the report was the drop in crime.
She said: “The thing that stood out for me was the crime levels – generally, it’s going down. In the context of the size of the district and the limit on the public sector spend, that is something I was surprised at.”