CRIME in Cheshire has fallen by more than 9% over the past four months.
Violent crime was down by 11.7% and vehicle crime dropped by a massive 28.5%.
A report presented to the county’s police authority revealed that during the last quarter the number of crimes recorded fell by 9.3%.
Authority chairman Peter Nurse said: “This is excellent news for the people of Cheshire.
“The targets for crime reduction have been exceeded again but most importantly it means that there were over two-and-a-half thousand fewer victims of crime, people are safer and Cheshire is a better place to live and work.”
He added: “We were particularly pleased to find that violent crime fell by 11.7% when there have been some high profile cases in other areas of the country.
“We were also pleased to learn about the close partnership working with the licensing trade and trading standards to help to reduce violent and alcohol related crime.”
The Cheshire force is currently solving 29% of crimes, which is an improvement on last year and is in line with similar forces elsewhere in the country.
The number of vehicle crimes fell by the largest amount - 28.5%.
But the police authority says it would like to see the number of detections increase.
Mr Nurse explained: “It is often difficult for vehicle crime to be detected as the crimes tend to be reported for insurance purposes even though there is little chance of being able to trace the offender due to the lack of any evidence.
“The authority understands this difficulty when considering the figures presented to us but we want to see performance in all areas improve.”
Mr Nurse went on: “We were pleased to also see that public satisfaction with the police service has again improved and at 84% exceed our target.
“This is because people are being kept updated by the new service desks after they have reported a crime or an incident. This is what we want to see.”