Serious crimes including sexual offences, burglary and theft are on the rise across Lancashire - despite a drop in the overall crime rate.
According to figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, overall crime across the county is down by three per cent since March 2014.
But crimes including sexual offences, domestic burglaries and thefts have all seen in increase.
The figures come as Lancashire Constabulary has been judged outstanding in the latest round of Police Force Inspections.
Figures from across Lancashire Constabulary for the 12 months until March 2015 show that recorded sexual offences has risen by seven per cent, domestic burglaries by 12 per cent, and violence without injury by 16 per cent.
However, there has been a drop in recorded incidents in nearly every other area of crime including robbery, drug offences and criminal damage and arson.
Last week police bosses claimed that Lancashire Constabulary would be one of the worst hit in the Government’s spending review and could lose an extra £24.8 million, resulting in the force being halved by 2020.
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said forthcoming cuts could potentially see a rise in crime.
He told the Observer: “It takes years of hard work to drive down crime including better offender management, offender profiling, better rehabilitation and longer, tougher sentences.
“Past reforms including a huge investment in neighbourhood policing has helped to drive crime down.
“However neighbourhood policing may be scrapped if the round of deep cuts are agreed and with the huge reductions in policing already we can expect over time crime to begin rising.”
However, Hyndburn Conservative group leader Coun Tony Dobson said he had recently attended a meeting where 120 new officer jobs for the force were announced.
He said: “Although there are budget cuts, I think sometimes it’s a bit like the crime figures, if you speak to residents the perception of crime will be a lot higher than what the reality is. The perception of these cuts is different to what the reality is.”
A petition has been set up on Change.org, urging Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May to save Lancashire Police, the petition has already attracted more than 7,000 signatures.
Chief Constable Steve Finnigan welcomed the announcement that the Constabulary has been awarded an outstanding rating, but reiterated dire warnings about budget cuts.
He said: “I am pleased that once again Lancashire has been recognised as an outstanding force and I am immensely proud that the work we do to keep people safe from harm, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities, has been recognised.
“It is simply unacceptable that much of the good work will be put at risk.”