CRIME has fallen for the ninth year in a row in Derbyshire, new statistics show.
Figures released by Derbyshire Constabulary show overall crime has reduced from 65,884 in 2010/11 to 61,483 in 2011/12 meaning there were more than 4,000 fewer victims this year compared to last.
The biggest single reduction was in the violent crime category which fell by 15 per cent, reflecting a long-term strategy to reduce violent offending.
House burglary also reduced by 12 per cent, vehicle crime by six per cent, criminal damage by ten per cent and anti-social behaviour by nine per cent.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to have recorded a ninth year in a row of crime reduction.
“Every year we see crime reduce it means less people are suffering as victims.
“Nevertheless, we are committed to do all we can to reduce crime further and we know the dreadful impact of crime and anti-social behaviour on communities.”