POLICE successes in the fight against crime in Huddersfield were welcomed today.
Domestic burglaries, robbery and vehicle crime have plummeted in the Huddersfield division over the past four months.
Latest figures for the quarter- year November to January show burglaries of homes falling 41% and vehicle crime down 28%.
Robbery is down 38% and total crime is down 4% compared with the same period a year ago.
Deighton councillor Ken Smith, the West Yorkshire Police Authority spokesman for Kirklees, welcomed the latest figures for the Huddersfield division.
"There have been massive decreases in the crimes which most seriously affect ordinary people," he said
"However, we know that people are still concerned about their safety.
"My Labour group looks forward to Kirklees Council using our budget, which will allow more police community support officers to be employed, to give the public the reassurance they need by constant foot patrols.
"After seven years of consistently good results under the leadership of police chief John Holt, I am sure our new chief superintendent, Barry South, will continue to work in partnership with us.
"The deployment of these new patrolling officers will be one of our first joint projects."
Sgt Tim O'Sullivan welcomed the reduction in crime, which he said was "excellent news".
"This shows that the initiatives run throughout the period by both uniformed officers and CID has helped in the fight against crime," he said.