CRIME in Hartlepool fell by nearly 10 per cent in the last financial year as figures across Cleveland reached an all-time low.
There were 625 less publicly reported crimes in the town from April 1, 2012, to March 31 this year compared to the previous year.
In total 5,661 crimes were reported in the last financial year, down from 6,286 the year before that – a reduction of 9.9 per cent.
The fall in crime in Hartlepool helped to make up a near 10 per cent fall across the Cleveland Police area.
The figures, released today, show 3,648 less crimes in Cleveland this year compared to the previous year.
A breakdown highlights that anti-social behaviour was reduced across Cleveland by almost 20 per cent while criminal damage was also down around 15 per cent.
Temporary assistant chief constable Adrian Roberts said: “Whilst any crime is one too many, these major reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour are a testament to the hard work of all those fighting crime in Cleveland – be they the Force’s own staff, our partner staff, community safety colleagues and the public.
“That there are 35,000 fewer victims of crime than in 2003-04 is an achievement in which we can all take pride.”
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: “I welcome this significant fall in overall crime and anti-social behaviour and the determined efforts of everyone working for the Force, partners and local residents to ensure these excellent results.”
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