OVERALL crime has fallen in Kirklees – but robberies and burglaries are both up.
Crime fell by 9% over the last year according to figures published by the Home Office.
Violent crime has dropped by 10% and theft from vehicles has fallen by 15% according to the Crime in England and Wales 2007/08 – a Government study published on July 17.
The study, which compares recorded crime between March 2007/08 with March 2006/07, combines statistics from the British Crime Survey and crimes recorded by police.
Motor vehicle theft fell by 7%, but the number of robberies increased by 15% and burglaries by 9%.
Councillors and police praised projects such as alcohol control zones, taxi marshals, the Sanctuary Scheme which tackles domestic violence and the Responsible Retailer Scheme which aims to combat underage drinking.
The schemes were established by Kirklees Safer Stronger Communities Partnership (KSSCP) over the last two years.
The partnership combines the forces of Kirklees Council, police, Kirklees Primary Care Trust,
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service and voluntary sector organisations including Lifeline Kirklees.
KSSCP chairman Clr Khizar Iqbal said: “We are very pleased that the latest figures reveal a good success with reducing crime. They show the excellent team efforts of the council, the police and local agencies working together to make people safer.
“We have introduced a raft of schemes during the last two years to tackle violent and alcohol-related crime and are confident we are now seeing the benefits.
“Even though crime overall is falling, people’s perceptions can remain disproportionately high.
“We recognise there is more to do to make people feel safe. We plan to introduce more initiatives to reduce crime further.”
Kirklees divisional commander Chief Supt Barry South said: “These figures are very encouraging. We have been tackling violent crime on all fronts and in partnership with different agencies as well as licensees and members of the public.
“We are pleased that the latest figures show an improvement. Our partnership efforts appear to be paying off, but we are not complacent.
“There is always room for improvement, and the increase in the number of robberies and burglaries is something we will be addressing.”