WEST Yorkshire Police have the most improved crime-fighting figures in England and Wales.
Figures for the year ending April, 2005, presented at yesterday's police authority meeting show that total crime is down by 19%.
Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn said: "That is 62,000 fewer victims of crime compared to the previous year, 62,000 fewer suffering the stress, cash loss and inconvenience of crime."
Detailed figures show there were over 11,000 fewer victims of house burglary - a 37% reduction from 30,127 to 18,985 - a 28% reduction in vehicles stolen and 32% fewer thefts from vehicles.
No other force reduced robbery more last year, with a 41% fall equating to more than 1,500 fewer victims.
In all, 2,196 robberies were committed.
Violent crime fell by 5.7%, even though changes to recording rules increased the number of offences.
The only offences to buck the trend were drugs, with a 7% rise from 5,295 to 5,666.
Sexual offences remained about the same at 2,351.
Mr Cramphorn added: "At the same time detections have risen. Criminals here are really feeling the pinch.
"We often tell the public about how they can avoid being a victim of crime.
"Now we have a message for the criminal - we're out to get you and your assets.
"Profiting from other people's misery and building an affluent lifestyle by taking from decent, law-abiding people can't be acceptable."
Authority chairman Clr Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Hopefully, the roll-out of Neighbourhood Police Teams will start to have a real impact on the fear of crime, as well as providing policing with a hard edge."