Figures released by Northamptonshire Police this afternoon have revealed crime across the county has fallen by 14 per cent since April.
The force says the reductions mean there have been 3,500 fewer victims of crime when compared to the same period last year.
The latest figures show 20,652 crimes were recorded by Northamptonshire Police between April 1 and September 30 this year, compared with 24,113 during the same period in 2012 – meaning 3,461 fewer victims of crime.
Violent crime fell by 15 per cent, house burglary fell by 9.3 per cent and vehicle crime was down by 19.2 per cent.
Theft from vehicles fell by 16.7 per cent and criminal damage is down by 13.8 per cent.
However, drugs offences across the county went up by 11.3 per cent during the five-month period.
Deputy Chief Constable Martin Jelley said: “The reduction in crime so far this year is very encouraging and it is our officers and staff that have made this happen through their continued hard work and dedication.
“We have had real focus on tackling burglary and vehicle crime and I’m pleased to see these types of crime starting to fall again.
“Violent crime has continued to fall, with a 15 per cent reduction in violence offences as well as an 18.8 per cent fall in robbery. Pleasingly, we saw slight fall in sexual offences; but we know this type of crime can often go unreported and would encourage victims to feel confident in reporting it, either directly to the police or by contacting the county’s sexual assault referral centre, Serenity.
“Reducing violent crime is a major priority in the crime and policing plan and we will work hard to achieve further reductions throughout the rest of the year and beyond.
“Tackling drug-related crime is also a priority for the Police and Crime Commissioner and our tactics are showing success. Although we’ve seen a rise in drugs offences in the first part of the year, this is not unexpected as we have been actively targeting those involved in drugs, whose activities cannot be allowed to blight our communities.
“We know there is a lot more work to do and a number of challenges ahead but we have had a successful six months and there is lot of good work for us to build on.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, added: “The crime figures for the first half of the year are very positive and the Force has kept a focus on reducing crime.
“In my crime and policing plan I have set some considerable challenges in the areas that matter most to the public. I look forward to working with the Chief Constable to find new ways to further reduce crime, improve the service we provide to victims and achieve our aim of making Northamptonshire the safest place in the country.”