POLICE chiefs today welcomed a report which showed a drop in crime.
Figures released by the Home Office shows a nine per cent fall in total crime in the Northumbria force area, which covers Sunderland, in the 12 months to September 2011.
Interviews carried out among the public as part of the British Crime Survey, showed 68 per cent of people agreed Northumbria Police is acting on their concerns, the second highest level nationally.
The figures show that crime fell in almost all categories.
Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “I welcome these results, which show that our enviable record in reducing crime continues and I firmly believe that neighbourhood policing is at the heart of this success.”
The figures show violence against a person fell by 15 per cent, burglary by six per cent, sexual offences and robbery both fell by three per cent, vehicle offences by 10 per cent, criminal damage by 20 per cent and fraud by 13 per cent.
The force’s detection rate increased to over 43 per cent, compared to 41 per cent last year.
Durham Constabulary recorded nearly 1,000 fewer victims of crime, with a notable drop in house burglaries.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “Our aim is always to deliver excellent policing which will inspire confidence in the people we serve by protecting neighbourhoods, tackling criminals and solving problems around the clock.”