One crime per house committed last year

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THE equivalent of almost one crime was committed for every household in South Yorkshire last year, according to new figures.

South Yorkshire Police dealt with 477,240 incidents last year, which included a daily average of 20 household burglaries, nine vehicles thefts and two robberies.

The figures were discussed at a meeting of South Yorkshire Police Authority, which oversees the way the county’s police force is run and performs.

During a presentation on a year in the life of the force, bosses said 43,635 prisoners were dealt with by the force between April 2010 and March this year – similar to the number of people who took part in the London Marathon.

Crime over the year dropped by nine per cent – 10,126 incidents – over the 12-month period.

There were 144 fewer robberies – a 14 per cent reduction on the year before – and there were 2,443 fewer cars broken into or stolen, which was a 16.5 per cent drop.

The figures showed there were 30 fewer burglaries, 4,271 fewer incidents of criminal damage and 167 fewer reports of serious violent crime.

They also revealed there have been 56,736 fewer victims of crime over the last four years compared to previous years.

South Yorkshire’s Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt said: “We were asked to update the Police Authority on how we are performing as a force.

“We dealt with nearly 44,000 prisoners, which is the same number of people registered to run the London Marathon, which is a good way of visualising the number.

“In terms of the level of crime there is in the county we are reducing crime quicker than nearly every other force in the country – we are ninth out of 43 – but we cannot become complacent.

“While we are doing well it is no reason for complacency and we still need to keep focused.”