THE Dyfed-Powys Police area remains the safest in the whole of England and Wales and crime is still falling according to the latest figures.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) quarterly crime data for the 12 months up to the end of June show that 18,532 offences (excluding fraud) were recorded.
This marks a nine per cent fall on the previous year, 1,800 fewer crimes.
The figures were welcomed by Chief Constable Simon Prince.
“Preventing and tackling crime is the number one priority in the Police and Crime Plan that I launched earlier this year with the Police and Crime Commissioner. People want to feel safe and know that we are working to keep them safe, so these figures are really encouraging.
“Budget pressures continue but we are doing everything we can including working with our partners to provide a high quality service that puts the public first in everything we do and focuses on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.
"We know that you want to see our officers visible and accessible in your communities and we are doing all we can to ensure just that. Reducing crime is obviously important but we want people across our force area to feel satisfied with the policing services they receive,” he said.
Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: “Preventing crime is more effective than dealing with its effects. I am encouraged by what the numbers are telling us, but more importantly I want people to feel safe in our community and confident that the Police are meeting public expectations.”