CRIME in Merseyside has dropped for the fifth year in a row.
Latest figures show for the 12 months between July 2010 and June 2011 show there were 5,323 fewer victims across the region.
Statistics released by the Home Office today (Thursday, October 20) show an overall reduction of 5.1 per cent in reported incidents compared to a national average of four per cent.
Since 2005/06, there has been a 43 per cent fall in overall crime and government figures show the force has achieved significant reductions in acquisitive crime and violence.
Assistant Chief Constable Helen King, said: “Crime has again fallen here on Merseyside which means that fewer people have been victims and our towns and city remain safe places to live in, work and visit.
“For the past five years we have seen continual reductions amounting to almost 75,000 fewer offences since 2005.”