BURGLARIES, robberies and vehicle crime are all down in West Yorkshire - but overall crime is up.
The figures, revealed at the county police authority's performance review committee, cover the 10-month period from April, 2003, to January. 2004. They were compared to the same period the previous year.
They show a 21.9% fall in the number of robberies, which means 908 fewer offences.
Burglaries fell 14.5%, meaning 4,450 fewer offences.
Vehicle crime slumped 11.4%, equating to 6,133 fewer offences.
But the total number of crimes rose 3.3%.
Police say this was largely due to changes in crime recording rules. The changes have had an exceptional impact on recorded levels of violent crime.
This now includes many offences, such as minor assaults and disorder which are dealt with by police, but were not previously in the figures.
Police are now obliged to record a crime, even if there is no complainant but it appears that an offence may have been committed.
This happens when the report is made by someone else or the victim actually objects to police involvement.
Previously, many of those involved in alcohol-related assaults would ask that the incident not be treated as a crime once they had sobered up.
Committee chairman Clr John Ruding said: "The reductions in crime so far this year are very good news and signal a real improvement in police performance.
"Burglary, vehicle crime and robbery are the crimes that people have told us must have priority, so this downward trend must be maintained."
Acting Assistant Chief Constable Jawaid Akhtar said: "We are not complacent and will continue to strive in further improving performance.
"The reductions in priority crime have been achieved at a time when the implementation of the National Crime Recording Standards has meant recording offences that would not previously have been recorded as crimes," he added.