NEW figures show that crime has dropped by over a third in South Yorkshire over the last four years.

The latest statistics from October 2010 to September 2011 show reported crime is down to 7,919 offences across South Yorkshire – a  seven per cent reduction.

Total crime in Barnsley is down by seven per cent to 15,159 reported crimes over the year - but there has been an increase in theft, handling stolen goods and drugs offences.

Total vehicle crime has dropped more in Barnsley than the rest of the county, down 22 per cent by 435 crimes to 1,586

Assistant Chief Constable Max Sahota said: “Crime in South Yorkshire is at its lowest level since 1990 and you have to go back another decade to see fewer recorded house burglaries and vehicle crimes across the county.

“Crime statistics provide a useful indicator of the Force’s performance but our officers and staff will not lose sight of what’s really important – the victims of crime and the impact criminal activity has on their lives and livelihoods.”