POLICE have welcomed new crime figures which show overall crime falling in Torbay and across Devon and Cornwall.
However crime in Teignbridge and the South Hams has gone up.
Total recorded crime in the two counties is down 4 per cent for the 12 months up to Sunday, October 13.
Figures released on Thursday show the level of reported crime in Torbay is down 7.5 per cent.
In Teignbridge crime is up 4.8 per cent.
In the South Hams recorded crime is up by 0.6 per cent.
Crime across Devon and Cornwall has fallen across many areas with reductions in dwelling and non-dwelling burglary (both down 14.2 per cent or 1,280 crimes overall), robbery, (down 12.8 per cent), vehicle offences, (down 10.5 per cent), and criminal damage, (down 11.0 per cent).
Violence with injury is also down by more than three per cent and trafficking and possession of drugs is down by 0.6 per cent and 8.3 per cent, respectively.
Crime in Devon is down 5.3 per cent.
The figures show a huge fall in the number of house burglaries in Torbay. These are down from 601 last year to 373 in the last 12 months.
There are also large reductions is thefts from vehicles, drug offences and robberies.
But violent crime and sexual crime has risen by 12 and 10 per cent respectively.
Teignbridge has seen a rise in violent crime, sexual offences and house burglaries.
Overall the number of crimes committed in Teignbridge is slightly more than half the number in Torbay.
In South Hams the overall number is roughly half that of Teignbridge. The South Hams have seen a rise violent and sexual crime but house burglaries are down.
Historic figures released by the Office of National Statistics today show a fall of 6 per cent per cent in crime across the force area. These figures record crime up to the end of June 2013.
Devon and Cornwall Police has the 12th lowest crime in the country when compared to other forces. In March 2013 the Force was 13th.
Deputy Chief Constable David Zinzan said: "Any crime is one too many but in a Force area as vast as ours we have seen a reduction in burglaries with now eight burglaries a day across 850,000 homes being reported.
"And of the hundreds of thousands of vehicles in the region, we have 15 reports a day of a vehicle being damaged or stolen.
"Importantly, we have continued to cut crime even after four years of cuts and additional savings of £7.5 million during this performance year.
"We saw excellent reductions during the performance year up until June when we faced with one of our busiest summer for years.
"We have made great progress towards Police and Crime Commisioner Tony Hogg's commitment to focus resources on the most vulnerable groups; this is evidenced by increased reporting of crimes such as domestic abuse and sexual offences."
However, Mr Zinzan accepts there are challenges ahead in maintaining the reduction in crime and working with significantly less resources.
He added: "There is no doubt that nationally we are seeing an increase in some types of crime and Devon and Cornwall is no different. Areas like drink-related violence, antisocial behaviour and some sexual offences are a worry for many forces in the country.
"Although these figures show we are performing well, we are constantly analysing data and evolving the way in which we police to give the best service possible to the people of Devon and Cornwall."
But concerns have been raised that police may not be able to keep up the success.
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg is concerned that Devon and Cornwall is losing the status as one of the safest areas in England and Wales.
It follows a statement by Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer that the force is very unlikely to hit a year-end target of reducing crime by 2 per cent, a figure agreed with the commissioner earlier this year.
Although the latest ONS figures show a six per cent fall to the year to June 2013, the more recent police data suggests that overall crime levels have risen between July - September, compared to the same period in 2012.
Mr Hogg is seeking reassurances from the Chief Constable about what the force will be doing to address these significant areas of concern.
He says: “As the public’s representative it’s my duty to highlight areas where performance can be improved. I am pleased that more serious crime figures are reducing, but it’s important to also address the other issues which matter to people every day.
"I have protected officer numbers in Devon and Cornwall, and I will continue to hold the Chief Constable to account for the efficient and effective delivery of my Police and Crime Plan. He is well aware of my concerns.”
Dr Karen Vincent, OPCC Performance Manager says: “Analysis of crime trends in Devon & Cornwall suggests a complex interaction of issues including the large influx of summer visitors this year, reductions in the numbers of officers, an impact of financial hardship to individuals especially in already deprived areas, and increased confidence in the public to come forward to report some of the more sensitive offence types including sexual and domestic abuse.
"The challenge going forwards is to identify the most effective ways to address these issues in collaboration with our partners.”