Region ranked 11th lowest in England and Wales for crime.

Crime is continuing to fall in Devon and Cornwall, according to the latest figures released by police.

Data for 2014 showed a decrease of 3.2 per cent or 2,747 fewer offences compared to 2013, with reductions across a number of crime groups.

There were fewer recorded public order offences (down by 14.8 per cent); thefts (-10.7 per cent); burglaries (-5.7 per cent); and criminal damage (-5.9 per cent).

Victim-based crime fell by 4.4 per cent during 2014. The figures exclude rape, serious sexual offences and domestic abuse, which police believe are being under reported.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “Crime statistics are hugely complex and these figures are only one indication of force performance in Devon and Cornwall.

“However, they do help the force identify the priority areas in which we should be focusing our resources.

“These are positive results, and in a time of reduced budgets across the board, seeing crime fall in the region during 2014 is hugely positive and credit must go to all our staff and officers.”

Figures from the Office of National Statistic published today (Thursday), covering the period up to the end of September 2014 show that Devon and Cornwall continues to reduce crime in a number of areas and has the 11th lowest crime rate of forces in England and Wales.

Rises in violence against the person, public order offences and sexual offences are being attributed to better recording and a greater willingness of victims to come forward to report such crimes.

For more information on the latest recorded crime figures, click here.