CRIME in the county has fallen again, according to recently released figures.
The latest statistics released by the Home Office show the overall crime rate in Derbyshire has fallen over the last 12 months compared to the same period last year.
Bosses at Derbyshire Police say the figures are good news and show the force can still continue to cut crime rates despite facing funding cuts.
Deputy police and crime commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said: “Less crime equates to fewer victims, which is good news for Derbyshire’s residents and visitors.
“These figures show that, once again, Derbyshire Constabulary has achieved a reduction in overall crime, this time by 10 per cent excluding fraud, which is the ninth highest reduction in England and Wales.
“It’s reassuring to see that despite the on-going austerity measures as a result of Government funding cuts, Derbyshire Constabulary is continuing to tackle crime effectively. However, we have to be realistic. It will become progressively more difficult to maintain reductions as the budget cuts dig deeper. This situation will be aggravated by individuals and families who are sadly turning to crime in an attempt to overcome their own financial hardship.
“This is why it is essential that we work with local communities to encourage the reporting of crime, so that appropriate plans can be put in place to tackle specific issues in different locations. Crime in Derbyshire has fallen dramatically over the last ten years, and now we need to cut our costs while protecting that performance.”
The falling figures include a 13 per cent reduction in violence, a drop of nine per cent in Domestic Burglary, and the county now ranks top of the East Midlands region in terms of tackling theft.