Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez
Of 43 force areas in England and Wales just Wiltshire Police had fewer crimes per 1,000 residents in the year to March, the Office of National Statistics said.
In line with national trends total crime volume increased by 12.2%, as Covid-19 restrictions on movement and the night-time economy eased, but remained below pre-Covid levels.
Devon and Cornwall ranks lowest of all forces for theft and residential burglary, the figures show.
Possession of weapon offences increased by 8%, although remained a low overall crime rate per population at 0.7 offences per 1,000 people. In Devon and Cornwall several high-profile crackdowns on drugs gangs, such as Operation Scorpion, have contributed to this increase.
A rise in the reporting of sexual offences that started last year with the increase in awareness of Violence Against Women and Girls continued, with a 29.5% increase over the year in Devon and Cornwall.
There was also a significant rise in violent crime.
Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “While these figures remind us of how lucky we are to live here, they also show us that there is much work to be done to bear down hard on violent crime. We must also encourage more people to report crime so we have a more accurate picture of offending in the force area.
“We know crimes like shoplifting and sexual offences are still under-reported and I would encourage victims to come forward so we can offer them the help and support they need. With the Government uplift and monies from our local communities Devon and Cornwall Police is able to reach record officer numbers of 3,610 this year and is in a strong position to be able to respond to and prevent crime, but we cannot do that without the support and engagement of the communities we serve.”
In a non emergency crime can be reported via the 101 service on the phone, or via the website. In an emergency dial 999.