Police have welcomed figures which show there were 3,650 fewer victims of crime in Cheshire compared to the previous year.
Figures by the British Crime Survey show a six per cent decrease in recorded crime across the county to the end of 2011. Total crime was 60,932.
There were significant falls in violent crime and car crime (both 11 per cent), sexual crimes and house burglary (both eight per cent), robbery (both five per cent), fraud and forgery, and criminal damage (both six per cent).
However there was a five per cent rise in the number of drug offences to 3,457 incidents.
Theft stayed at the same level with 16,926 recorded crimes.
Margaret Ollerenshaw, the Chairman of Cheshire Police Authority, welcomed the reductions.
She said: "The continuing reduction in crime shows that the public is being provided with effective and efficient policing at a time when there is considerable pressure on police finances.
"It is particularly good to see that crimes such as burglary and car crime, which can seriously affect people's everyday lives, have been reduced again."