Overall crime falls for eighth year in Scunthorpe and district
New data shows crime is continuing to fall in the area, with Humberside Police recording a reduction in the figures for the eighth consecutive year.
Latest statistics released by police.uk show that crime in the Scunthorpe area for September was down by around a quarter on the previous year.
The figure of 427 crimes in September is the lowest since April (408) and more than 150 lower than September 2011.
The reductions coincide with latest data from the Home Office that shows recorded crime for the 12 months to June 2012 has fallen by 11 per cent in North Lincolnshire.
The force-wide reduction of 12 per cent ranks Humberside fourth out of all forces in terms of reducing crime.
Humberside Police deputy chief constable David Griffin welcomed the latest figures and paid tribute to the dedication of officers and staff across the force.
He said: "Crime continues to fall and people living and working in this area should feel safer because of that.
"These reductions in overall reported crime rates have come at a time when we, and all police forces in England and Wales, are facing increasingly tight budgets and have had to make big decisions on how we are best able to deliver a service to the community while still reducing spending.
"The officers and staff working for Humberside Police deserve credit for achieving these positive results despite the uncertainties they face, along with the strength of partnership working with communities, local authorities and other public services and I am confident we will continue to perform in such a way that local people receive the service they deserve."
Anti-social behaviour has seen the biggest fall, with 81 reported incidents in September 2012, compared with 180 in the same month of 2011.
Violent crime against a person was down on the August figure, with 90 reported incidents.
These figures chime with force-wide figures that show violence against the person was down by nine per cent, sexual offences down by 10 per cent, robbery down eight per cent, burglary down 14 per cent, vehicle crime down 20 per cent and criminal damage down 17 per cent.
Fraud and forgery crime levels rose by six per cent and drug offences went up by two per cent in the only two categories that saw an increase in figures.
The reductions come after a Humberside Police Authority survey showed 87 per cent of residents said they have confidence in Humberside Police.