The number of crimes recorded in Lincolnshire fell last year, despite a 40 per cent rise in the amount of sexual offences being reported.
This is according to figures published this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), based on Home Office data.
Overall, recorded crime fell by two per cent in Lincolnshire in 2014, reaching a total of 35,376.
This included a fall of 11 per cent in shoplifting and nine per cent drop in theft from the person and the combined crime type of criminal damage and arson.
However, there was a rise of 40 per cent in sexual offences and 17 per cent in possession of weapons offences.
Nationally, there was a two per cent increase in police recorded crime compared on the previous year, with 3.8 million offences recorded in the year ending December 2014.
The figures in full:
- Total recorded crime (including fraud) - 35,376 (down two per cent)
- Total recorded crime (excluding fraud) - 35,376 (down two per cent)
- Violence against the person - 5,986 (up nine per cent)
- Violence with injury - 3,178 (up eight per cent)
- Violence without injury - 2,795 (up nine per cent)
- Sexual offences - 853 (up 40 per cent)
- Robbery - 188 (up 12 per cent)
- Theft offences - 19,352 (down five per cent)
- Burglary - 5,298 (up one per cent)
- Domestic burglary - 1,921 (up three per cent)
- Non-domestic burglary - 3,377 (no percentage change)
- Vehicle offences - 3,031 (down one per cent)
- Theft from the person - 343 (down nine per cent)
- Bicycle theft - 1,430, down one per cent)