Boost for police as crime falls in region

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THE fight against crime in the Whitby area has received a boost after it was revealed North Yorkshire saw a 10 per cent fall in crime compared with the previous year.

For the 12 months to the end of September 2010 in comparison to the same period in 2009, North Yorkshire Police also recorded a 25 per cent reduction in vehicle crime and a 22 per cent reduction in criminal damage.

he records show an eight per cent reduction in drug offences and a six per cent reduction in burglary. North Yorkshire Police have been rated number one for resident satisfaction in the Yorkshire and Humber region and in the top 10 in England and Wales in the wake of the latest statistics.

Whitby borough councillor Jane Kenyon, who is chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority, said: “The latest recorded crime figures are very encouraging.

“They have been showing for some time that the policing area is one of the safest in the country to live or visit and these figures confirm that North Yorkshire Police, working with out partners in local government and beyond, is maintaining that performance.

“Crime has fallen significantly in this area over the last five years and continues to do so.”

Chief constable Grahame Maxwell added: “The latest crime figures reflect the continued hard work and determination of North Yorkshire Police and partner agencies to keep our communities safe and secure.”