CRIME in Hyndburn is on the decline.
According to figures from the British Crime Survey, all crime across Hyndburn is down 15.5 per cent, compared to the same period last year.
Lancashire Police said officers are detecting over one in three crimes in the borough.
House burglaries are down by 25 per cent while criminal damage has reduced by 15 per cent.
And in Accrington town centre there has been a 13 per cent fall in common assaults and other wounding offences.
Insp Dave Mangan said: “This is excellent news for members of the public living and working in Hyndburn and I am delighted that the figures show a reduction across all areas of crime.
“An increased presence of highly visible officers during the busy weekend periods and has resulted in fewer incidents of violence occurring in Accrington Town Centre and campaign’s such as Operation Shepherd and test purchasing operations have helped us to further reduce crime.”
He continued: “Although the crime figures are very encouraging, we are not complacent and understand that there is much more work to be done in tackling anti-social behaviour, violent crime, alcohol related crime and disorder as well as continuing to strive for further reductions in all crime.”
The announcement coincides with a three-year prediction target set in 2005 by police, fire, Hyndburn Council and other agencies through their Community Safety Partnership (CSP).
When it was established CSP bosses set a target to reduce crime by 15 per cent by 31 March 2008.
With the three years coming to an end and with a 15.5 per cent reduction in crime, bosses believe they will meet their goal.
Councillor Brian Roberts, Chair of the CSP said during a recent Hyndburn Council meeting: “The chances of reaching these targets are very good. Obviously there a few months to go but we are optimistic about the outcome. The work of the partnership is continuing and we all hope to make Hyndburn a safer place.”