Crime in Wiltshire is down 2. 7 per cent over the year to March 2015
The latest crime figures from the Office for national Statistics show that recorded crime has fallen in Wiltshire by just over two-and-a-half per cent - against a rise nationally of just over two per cent.
The figures are for the twelve months to March 2015 and are compared to the same period in 2013-2014. The figures show that Wiltshire stays as the fourth lowest police force for the volume of crime per one thousand people.
In Wiltshire vehicle crime has fallen by 22 per cent, theft by ten per cent and drug offences by 15 per cent.
The only category with a major increase is in recorded sex offences. These offences have risen by a huge 46 per cent - an increase of 511 recorded offences. Nationally there has been a steady increase, and the past year's steep rise is due to better recording practices.
Wiltshire Police state: "Anecdotally, in line with the national picture, sex offence statistics reflect victims' greater confidence in coming forward and reporting crimes as we have seen in recent high-profile cases."
Other areas with double digit percentage increases are offences of 'violence with injury' (up 11 per cent) and 'violence without injury', which includes harassment, (up 13 per cent.)
Commenting on the new figures, Wiltshire's new Chief Constable, Mike Veale, said: "We will continue to work tirelessly with our local communities and partners in Swindon and Wiltshire to ensure we are able to sustain our service whilst continuing to face the challenge of austerity."