The number of criminals who re-offend has dropped by 14%, new figures have revealed.
Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner John Dwyer made the announcement last week, having spoken to Chief Constable Dave Whatton about the improvements made in the way offenders are managed to reduce re-offending.
The actual number of those who committed a further crime was more than a 1,000 less than the previous year.
Mr Dwyer said: “The majority of people are decent and honest. Unfortunately, it is the small minority of prolific offenders who cause most of the demand on police resources and who have the biggest impact on victims of crime.
“I said in my pre-election manifesto that through partnership working, the top 100 offenders in Cheshire would be focused on and that this would have a major impact on crime levels and free up officer time.
“I was delighted to learn this week that the number of people who go on to offend again has fallen by over 1,000, a 14% decrease over the last year.”
Meanwhile, the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour reported to police has fallen by more than 2,000.
Mr Dwyer said: “Anti-social behaviour can also make people’s lives a misery and I am pleased to announce that the number of incidents has fallen.
“Work has also been done to target those areas of repeat incidents which have decreased.
“There has been recent speculation about the accuracy of police figures and whether or not falls in reported crime are due to lack of confidence in the police, but a telephone survey reveals that perceptions of anti-social behaviour have also fallen.
“I am very pleased as this will help people to feel safer.”