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Force wide crime at its lowest since 1989

Crime in the Thames Valley is at its lowest for 25 years, according to statistics released today by the force (8/4).

There were 127,497 crimes recorded across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire from April 2013 until the end of March 2014.

This is a reduction of five per cent – and means recorded crime is at its lowest since 1989, when there were 119,067 recorded crimes.

The last time recorded crime levels were so low in the Thames Valley, the world watched as the Berlin Wall came down and George Bush Senior became US president.

Domestic burglary is also at a 40-year-low. There were 5,668 dwelling burglaries last year, which is 20 per cent less than the year before. It means there were 1,401 fewer victims of dwelling burglary in the year 2013-2014 than in the year before.

The last time the number of domestic burglaries was so low, the Watergate scandal was grabbing headlines across the world and Ceefax was launched by the BBC.

Theft of vehicle is down 10 per cent to 1,892 – resulting in 206 fewer victims of vehicle crime.

Violence against the person figures remained stable, with 19,529 in the year 2012-2013 and 19,623 in the last year.

There was a rise in recorded sexual offences from 1,995 last year to 2,618 this year.

Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: “I am delighted that crime in Thames Valley is at its lowest for 25 years. This is an impressive performance and I would like to say thank you to all officers and staff for their hard work.

“As one of my key priorities I am particularly pleased to see another significant drop in domestic burglary.

“This drop in crime has been achieved despite considerable budget reductions and demonstrates how well Thames Valley Police are using their resources, including new technology.”

Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “Firstly, I want to thank all the Thames Valley police officers and staff for their continued hard work. The fact that crime continues to drop shows that their tireless work is paying off. I also want to recognise the work that we do with many partners.

“I also want to thank the public for their help, as it is invaluable to the work we do.

“It is important to note that although this is good news, we will continue to work tirelessly to prevent crime and the public should continue to feel confident in coming forward to report crime, knowing they will be taken seriously.

“We will continue to work hard 24 hours a day 365 days a year to detect and prevent crime, to protect the public and bring offenders to justice.”

Thames Valley Police Performance Figures April 2013 - March 2013

Local Police Area Performance Figures April 2013 - March 2013