Crime in North Tyneside has reduced by six per cent over the past year, according to new figures.
Northumbria Police’s annual figures show crime across the borough has reduced by 490 offences over 2012/13.
Offences are down in most crime categories including criminal damage – four per cent, violent crime – seven per cent, and violence against the person – eleven per cent.
Drug offences and racially/religiously aggravated offences have seen the biggest reductions, with drug offences down by 15 per cent and racially/religiously aggravated offences down by 25 per cent.
Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, North Tyneside Area Commander, said: “We are committed to responding to issues that affect our community and I hope residents are reassured by the fact total crime is down again.
“We have seen an increase in sexual offences, which our officers take very seriously.
“We continue to work with partners to promote our services for victims of such crimes to give them the confidence to report any incidents.”
“We want to reassure victims that we will do everything possible to ensure offenders are brought to justice,” he added.