VIOLENT crime has risen by 43% in Ellesmere Port and Neston in the past year.
Burglaries and car crimes, and the overall crime rate, have all increased since 2004.
Cheshire police's detection rate has dropped slightly in the same period.
Crime figures for the borough were revealed in the agenda for Ellesmere Port Police Forum, although they were not fully discussed by police chiefs on the night.
They showed that, between January 1, 2005 and December 31, there was a total of 9,062 recorded crimes.
But in the whole of 2004, there were 7,526 recorded crimes - meaning a 20% increase.
In the whole of 2005, there were 1,839 incidents of violent crime, but only 1,286 in 2004 - a 43% increase.
For 2005, there were 461 domestic burglaries, compared to 386 in 2004 - a 19% increase.
And there were 1,239 vehicle crimes in 2005, with 1,129 in 2004 - a 10% increase
The detection rate for overall crime in 2005 was 24%, although it was 25% in 2004.
And the detection rates for violence, house burglaries and car crimes in 2005 were respectively 49% (compared to 63% in 2004); 31% (35% in 2004); and 17% (16% in 2004).
These figures were not debated in full by officers at the Civic Hall meeting, although Superintendent Ian Wiggett did touch on car crime figures during a debate on another subject.
He said: 'The detection rate for car crime now is around 19% so that's one in five crimes being solved.
'So that's where we will be focusing on in these areas.'
The figures also show there were 31 serious and fatal collisions on the borough's roads in the whole of 2005, and 34 in the whole of 2004. This represents a 9% decrease.