Crime in region at lowest level for 22 years

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Crime in South Yorkshire is at its lowest level since 1989, according to figures released today.

The figures - for January to December 2011 compared with the previous 12-month period - show a reduction in total crime of 1,734 offences across the county, down two per cent to 102,184 crimes.

Violent crime, vehicle crime and fraud offences show significant reductions but the Force has seen increases in burglaries, thefts and drug offences.

House burglaries have increased marginally by 60 crimes to 7,447 comparing 2011 with 2010.

Other burglaries are up eight per cent by 734 crimes to 9,418.

Theft and handling stolen goods offences have increased by ten per cent, a rise of 2,752 to 29,300 crimes.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Bob Sanderson said: “We’re still managing to reduce overall crime but the latest results show some individual crime increases, partly driven by the economy. For example, metal crimes and shoplifting offences have contributed significantly to rises in theft and burglary. These crimes are Force priorities with operational activities taking place and proactive crime prevention messages issued regularly on twitter and Facebook.”