Crime continues to fall in the Thames Valley
Crime has continued to fall in Thames Valley, according to statistics released today (23/1).
The figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that overall crime dropped by more than four per cent in the 12 months leading up to September 2013, compared with the previous year.
A total of 131,492 offences were recorded in Thames Valley during this period. This equates to a reduction of 4.2 per cent compared to the previous year.
The reduction in crime nationally was 4.4 per cent.
The biggest reduction in the Thames Valley was seen in robbery offences, which decreased by 27.7 per cent.This is the fourth largest reduction in the country. Nationally there has been a decrease of 10.1 per cent.
In the Thames Valley there was also a decrease in business robbery of 9.4 per cent, whilst personal robbery decreased by 29.3 per cent.
Another success came in the reduction of domestic burglary offences, which decreased by 19 per cent. This is the second largest reduction in England and Wales. The national decrease was 4.8 per cent.
Non-domestic burglary offences have decreased by 5.3 per cent compared to four per cent nationally.
One of the most significant areas was the increase in the number of sexual offences reported, which went up by 33.1 per cent, compared to a 17 per cent nationally.
The number of recorded offences was influenced by the allegations against Jimmy Savile and the subsequent publicity, resulting in greater reporting of non-recent offences.
Violence in Thames Valley decreased by 2.9 per cent compared to a reduction of 1.5 per cent in England and Wales.
Finally, criminal damage and arson offences fell by 12.4 per cent compared to a national decrease of 8.8 per cent.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: ‘’Despite a number of wider national distractions, I am delighted that Thames Valley Police continues to maintain its focus in reducing crime. I am pleased with the progress of my key priorities, in particular domestic burglary, which continues to see significant reductions.
“I would like to thank all police officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment to ensure our communities remain safe across Thames Valley’.”
Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “I am delighted that crime has continued to drop in Thames Valley. I want to thank the officers, staff and volunteers working for Thames Valley Police for all their hard work and also our partners who support the work to make our communities safer.
"I know that there has been some concern about the accuracy of national crime data. It is really important that we can trust our figures - so that we know where to target our resources appropriately. We take the accuracy of crime recording very seriously.
"We will continue to work towards cutting crime across the three counties over the next 12 months.”