Robbery is at its lowest level for almost a decade while instances of other offences have also plunged, according to new figures from West Midlands Police.
The first six months of the year 2011/12 saw 10,000 fewer victims of crime in the West Midlands – a fall of nine per cent – compared to the same period last year.
West Midlands Police said crime levels overall are now back to where they were two years ago, which was heralded as one of the best years for reducing crime in the force’s 37-year history.
The fall in crime comes despite senior officers being forced to wield the axe to cope with budget cuts.
Chief Constable Chris Sims last month said he remained confident the force could continue to protect the public despite the cuts.
However, critics have continued to warn that fewer police officers will mean an increase in crime.
Crime in the West Midlands fell steadily for almost a decade from a peak in 2001/02 when there were 372,120 offences to a low of 211,292 in 2009/10.
But in the 12 months to March, crime had climbed to 215,476 offences, an increase of more than 4,000 offences.
According to the latest figures, the force had seen reductions in serious violent crime, burglary, vehicle crime and business crime.
There were 2,000 fewer victims of vehicle crime and a further 2,300 fewer victims of domestic burglary. Meanwhile, the number of robberies last month was the lowest monthly figure for a decade.
Dep Chief Con Dave Thompson said part of the reduction was down to the “robust and intrusive” management of known offenders.