CRIME continues to fall across the region, according to the latest figures.
Home Office figures released last week for the 12 months ending June 2012 showed another drop in total crime for Northumbria Police – down nine per cent compared to the previous year.
This means there were 7,135 fewer offences.
Crime is down in almost every category, including violence against the person, burglary, sexual offences, vehicle crime, theft and criminal damage.
However, fraud offences and drug crime showed an increase.
Police said the rise in drugs offences was down to the strong approach the force is taking against those who misuse or deal in drugs.
Chief Constable Sue Sim, pictured, said: “These figures show crime levels are continuing to head in the right direction and we’re working tirelessly to continue this trend.
“While we welcome these results, these reductions would not be possible without the dedication of all Northumbria Police employees, our partners across the region and most importantly, the people in our communities who continue to support their local police force.
“We’re committed to tackling the small minority who cause problems and commit crime in our villages, towns and cities.
“Neighbourhood Policing remains at the heart of everything we do and we continue to ask our communities where and when they want to see us to ensure we are providing the local service that they need.”