In fact crime is at the lowest since records began, with recorded crime down by 7% in the year ending March 2013. The Crime Survey for England and Wales also show the number of crimes has fallen, down 9% since a year ago.
Not only has crime fallen overall, there were reductions in nearly all the main categories of crime including violence.
Here in my patch Northumbria Police helped secure a further reduction in crime with 67,574 offences committed in 2012/13 compared with 75,266 the previous year – and almost half the figure of 2005/06 when there were 132,000 offences.
That is a stunning achievement, and my thanks go to all of the police officers and support staff in these tough times who are really delivering for our communities.