COUNTY Durham has been declared one of the safest places to live after a fall in crime by 12.4 per cent.
New figures show the level of offences fell between April and December, compared to the same period in the year before.
Durham Police Authority has said the reduction means 3,866 fewer people became victims of crime, with the results giving the force the third best reduction across the UK.
The police’s performance was reviewed by the authority at its quarterly meeting of the effective policing delivery committee and also revealed some individual crime categories have seen significant reductions.
Improvements have been seen in relation to vehicle crime, with reductions of 25.7 per cent an increase in vehicle crime detection rates.