Nottinghamshire homes have seen a drop in burglaries of almost 10 per cent, according to new Police statistics.
End of year performance figures show there were 408 fewer home burglaries in the county in 2014/15 compared to the previous year – down to 4,074 from 4,482 in 2013/14.
The reduction of 9.1 per cent is met by a similar reduction in robberies, from 1,075 to 1,009.
Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish said: “Reducing burglary is a priority of Nottinghamshire Police. A lot of effort has gone into tackling what is a devastating and intrusive crime and we are pleased to see that work bearing fruit.
“In recent years we have made great strides in tackling burglary through research into crime trends, targeted, intelligence-led operations - both uniformed and covert - as well as robust offender management.
“Despite this good news we will not grow complacent and can assure the public that reducing burglary will continue to be a priority for the force.”
The force recorded a total rise in all crime of 5.8 per cent including a 79 per cent rise in rape offences and 68 per cent more sexual offences, reportedly due to new recording systems.
DCC Fish sai: “We would not want people to see these figures and worry that there has been a steep rise in rapes and sexual assaults in Nottinghamshire today.
“The rise is in no small part down to offences having occurred some time ago and now, because of the increased confidence of victims in a police investigation, people are having the confidence to report those crimes to us. This is a welcome development and shows people have faith they will be listened to, supported and a full investigation will be carried out to bring perpetrators to justice.
“In addition, many of these crimes were originally reported to and recorded by another agency. Offences such as these have been subject of recent changes to police crime recording rules which has meant a further increase in recorded sexual offences.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “I know that it’s been a tough year and the force has worked hard to tackle crime across the county.
“I’m particularly pleased to see the drop in crime such burglary and robbery as this causes real distress to those unfortunate enough to become a victim.
“However in some categories, such as hate crime, sexual violence and domestic abuse, we have worked hard to encourage people to report incidents of this nature and I’m pleased to see that they have done so. It illustrates the public’s increasing confidence in the police and the success of the work to tackle this sort of criminality.”