CRIME in West Mercia continues to drop, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, writes Louise Newton.
Reported offences have been lower year on year and the new figures reveal crime in the area had decreased again by 2.4 per cent in the last 12 months.
The report from the ONS shows reductions in violence, drug offences, burglary, robbery, sexual offences, public order, vehicle offences and theft.
Moving against the national trend, cyber crime offences have also fallen in West Mercia and there are low numbers of knife and weapons offences.
West Mercia Police said it would continue to work on areas that had increased such as offences relating to death/serious injury caused by unlawful driving, shoplifting, harassment, and possession of weapons.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “I made a commitment to reform West Mercia Police and the latest crime figures show this approach is working.”
“West Mercia is a place where people are safe and feel safe, and it is reassuring to see a decrease in the types of crimes which affect our communities the most.”
“I will continue to ensure the police can continue to work efficiently and effectively to tackle these.”