Recorded crime across Devon, Cornwall and the lsles of Scilly remains 'static' according to the latest figures from the Force. They show a small increase of 0.2%.
There have been some reductions - with robbery down by 12%, vehicle crime by 11% and criminal damage by 6%. However, reports of domestic abuse has risen by almost 20% and sexual offences by 15%.
But Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly also acknowledges that the Force faces some difficult choices in the years ahead - as budgets continue to fall and staffing is squeezed.