Crime across England and Wales has fallen by 14% to the year ending March 2014.
The official crime figures, released by the Crime Survey for England and Wales, are the lowest since the survey began in 1981 and record decreases across a wide range of major crimes.
Violence has fallen by 20%, criminal damage by 17% and theft offences are down by 10%.
Sexual offences recorded by the police however saw a 20% increase up from the previous year.
It is thought that the publicity surrounding high profile historic sexual abuse cases, including the Operation Yewtree Investigation and consequent Jimmy Savile inquiry, have contributed to this increase.
The statistics show more victims coming forward to report sexual offences who are more willing to work with the police and convict offenders.