Crime across the North East dropped by 3%, according to Home Office figures.
Northumbria is performing the best, with a drop of 7% in total crimes committed and North Yorkshire is in second place with a drop of 3%.
In the Home Office figures, which look at the 2011 calendar year, Cleveland's crime rose by 3%.
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