Crime figures for South Yorkshire released

Crime in South Yorkshire is down 3% according to the latest national statistics out today.

Crime figures released

There were 3,040 fewer crimes across the county from January to December 2013 compared with the same period in 2012.

Some of the biggest reductions were recorded in theft of motor vehicles (-19%), criminal damage and arson (-10%) and drug offences (-10%).

The number of sexual offences has seen a marked increase (+51%) although this figure includes recent reporting of historic offences, possibly as a result of the Jimmy Savile investigation.

There have been increases in robbery (+15%), possession of offensive weapons (+7%) and shoplifting (+6%), but a drop in burglaries (-5%) and vehicle crime (-4%).