New data shows North Yorkshire is safest place to live

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Crime figures released by the Home Office shows that North Yorkshire is still the safest place to live in England.

National figures show that overall crime had reduced by nine per cent in the 12 months up to March 2012, with a total of 38,716 crimes.

This equates to 3,750 fewer people and their families in North Yorkshire and the City of York having to face the misery of being a victim of crime.

More up-to-date recorded figures for the period April to July this year show a 13 per cent reduction in overall crime or 1,311 fewer victims, placing North Yorkshire and the City of York as the safest and lowest-crime area in England, with a crime rate of 48 per 1,000 population.

Asst Chief Constable Iain Spittal, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This collective effort and sheer will to improve the quality of life in our communities is a credit to everyone involved.”

Thanking all those individuals and groups who have made a difference, from PCSOs to Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, he said: “There is a real sense of pride among the people of North Yorkshire and the City of York.

“We share that pride wholeheartedly and are more determined than ever to prevent the small minority of people who are intent on committing crime and causing trouble in our neighbourhoods.”

The crime category breakdown for North Yorkshire from the latest Home Office figures show that reports of robberies are down 26 per cent to 164 crimes.

Burglary reports are down 10 per cent to 5,020, and criminal damage is down 13 per cent with 6,774 crimes in total.

Violence against a person is reduced by 11 per cent with 7,258 crimes in total, while offences against vehicles is down by 7per cent to 3,291.

Sexual offences are down by seven per cent to 549, fraud and forgery down by nine per cent to 1,044, and other offences are down by 14 per cent with a total of 499 crimes.

The only crime figure which has risen is drug offences which have increased in number by six per cent to 2,165 crimes reported.