CRIME in Derbyshire fell for the ninth year in a row according to end-of-year results released by the force.
There were 4,00 fewer victims of crime in the county between April 2011 and the end of last month - and 61,483 recorded crimes compared to 65,884 the year before.
Violent offences fell by 15 per cent, house burglary dropped 12 per cent and vehicle crime fell six per cent.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “Nevertheless, we are committed to do all we can to reduce crime further, and know the dreadful impact of crime and anti-social behaviour on communities.
“The figures are largely about what the public report to us – but we also spend a huge amount of time hunting down the most serious offenders whose criminal behaviour is often not reflected in the statistics.
“Over the last three years we have gone through immense change and have lost 400 officers and police staff members. We are now a much smaller organisation but the demands on us continue to grow.”
South Yorkshire’s end of year results will be released later this month.