Robberies in Birmingham city centre have been reduced by a third following a police purge.
West Midlands Police set up a dedicated robbery team a year ago aimed at cracking down on thieves targeting shoppers.
Robbery levels between April and October this year were 38.9 per cent lower than the same period last year, with 207 reported offences compared with last year's 339.
In almost half of the robberies committed in the city centre in the last six months someone has been arrested and charged, with current detection rates at 46 per cent, said the force.
The robbery team, based at Steelhouse Lane Police Station, has focused on targeting hotspots with uniformed patrols, using police officers, police community support officers and street crime wardens.
Investigation rates have revealed that about a third of reported robberies have been found to be people knowingly making false reports.
Detective Sergeant Mike O'Hara, from Steelhouse Lane police station, said: "The dramatic drop in robbery means the city centre is a safer place in which to work, live and visit.
"Our robbery team is a group of dedicated specialists skilled at providing proper victim care and thorough investigation. These results are a credit not only to their success but to the wider police family who are working together to patrol and police problem areas."