Police say crime is the lowest it has been in the Thames Valley for 25 years

Police say crime is the lowest it has been in Thames Valley for 25 years

Police say crime is the lowest it has been in Thames Valley for 25 years

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CRIME levels are at their lowest in the Thames Valley since 1989, according to statistics released today.

Thames Valley Police said there is a reduction of five per cent of crimes recorded in the last year compared to the year before.

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

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.

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

The last time crime was lower was in 1989, when there were 119,067 recorded crimes.

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

And violence against the person figures are slightly up from 19,529 in the year 2012 to 2013 to 19,623 in the last year.

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."

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2:43pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Good Life says...

It will be when they don't investigate most of the crimes committed!
It will be when they don't investigate most of the crimes committed! Good Life
  • Score: 12

3:33pm Tue 8 Apr 14

geoffW says...

RECORDED crime is at its lowest ...........
RECORDED crime is at its lowest ........... geoffW
  • Score: 45

5:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

sparky49 says...

geoffW wrote:
RECORDED crime is at its lowest ...........
Well said. What about the increase of 106 violence against the person and the increase by 623 sexual crimes.
These are the real figures that concern people as they can be life lasting.
[quote][p][bold]geoffW[/bold] wrote: RECORDED crime is at its lowest ...........[/p][/quote]Well said. What about the increase of 106 violence against the person and the increase by 623 sexual crimes. These are the real figures that concern people as they can be life lasting. sparky49
  • Score: 7

7:43pm Tue 8 Apr 14

sportsturf says...

....also just to add, nothing has been mentioned about rural crime, machinery theft, vandalism to farm gates, dogs and livestock being stolen....chuck that into the equation and those stats wont look so healthy then...
....also just to add, nothing has been mentioned about rural crime, machinery theft, vandalism to farm gates, dogs and livestock being stolen....chuck that into the equation and those stats wont look so healthy then... sportsturf
  • Score: 8

9:08pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Fit2drop says...

I live within 1/2 mile of the town centre crime is definitely up! The problem seems to be that crime that effects us on a daily basis, abandoned cars, fly tipping, anti social behaviour is classed as petty crime. The new phrase is "that's a civil matter" which means sort it out yourself. Try asking your local councillor for advice, I have, as yet no response.
I live within 1/2 mile of the town centre crime is definitely up! The problem seems to be that crime that effects us on a daily basis, abandoned cars, fly tipping, anti social behaviour is classed as petty crime. The new phrase is "that's a civil matter" which means sort it out yourself. Try asking your local councillor for advice, I have, as yet no response. Fit2drop
  • Score: 9

10:31pm Tue 8 Apr 14

DocD says...

Between October 2009 and April 2013 9 Thames Valley police officers were charged with offences such as rape of a child, possession of drugs, drink driving and fraud. In the last eighteen months a dozen complaints in have gone against police officers on the grounds of harassment, witness intimidation, and withholding evidence. Add to this the TVP officers currently under investigation for the deaths of Habib Ullah in High Wycombe and Philmore Mills in Slough we need to be looking at the within TVP and asking the question if crime is down (and that in itself is debatable) has criminality amongst police officers gone up?
Between October 2009 and April 2013 9 Thames Valley police officers were charged with offences such as rape of a child, possession of drugs, drink driving and fraud. In the last eighteen months a dozen complaints in have gone against police officers on the grounds of harassment, witness intimidation, and withholding evidence. Add to this the TVP officers currently under investigation for the deaths of Habib Ullah in High Wycombe and Philmore Mills in Slough we need to be looking at the within TVP and asking the question if crime is down (and that in itself is debatable) has criminality amongst police officers gone up? DocD
  • Score: 9

9:17am Wed 9 Apr 14

Darren Hayday says...

Fit2drop wrote:
I live within 1/2 mile of the town centre crime is definitely up! The problem seems to be that crime that effects us on a daily basis, abandoned cars, fly tipping, anti social behaviour is classed as petty crime. The new phrase is "that's a civil matter" which means sort it out yourself. Try asking your local councillor for advice, I have, as yet no response.
Please email me your details to d_hayday@hotmail.com and I shall try to help you in getting in contact with your local Cllrs.
[quote][p][bold]Fit2drop[/bold] wrote: I live within 1/2 mile of the town centre crime is definitely up! The problem seems to be that crime that effects us on a daily basis, abandoned cars, fly tipping, anti social behaviour is classed as petty crime. The new phrase is "that's a civil matter" which means sort it out yourself. Try asking your local councillor for advice, I have, as yet no response.[/p][/quote]Please email me your details to d_hayday@hotmail.com and I shall try to help you in getting in contact with your local Cllrs. Darren Hayday
  • Score: 2

9:49am Thu 10 Apr 14

Kania 2000 says...

sportsturf wrote:
....also just to add, nothing has been mentioned about rural crime, machinery theft, vandalism to farm gates, dogs and livestock being stolen....chuck that into the equation and those stats wont look so healthy then...
I have to agree Rural Crime and petty rural crime has clearly been on the increase for quite a few years. But would have to say TVP are becoming pro active, thanks to the determination of their local officers. Lets just hope the funds are forthcoming to improve still further rural policing.
[quote][p][bold]sportsturf[/bold] wrote: ....also just to add, nothing has been mentioned about rural crime, machinery theft, vandalism to farm gates, dogs and livestock being stolen....chuck that into the equation and those stats wont look so healthy then...[/p][/quote]I have to agree Rural Crime and petty rural crime has clearly been on the increase for quite a few years. But would have to say TVP are becoming pro active, thanks to the determination of their local officers. Lets just hope the funds are forthcoming to improve still further rural policing. Kania 2000
  • Score: 0

2:02pm Thu 10 Apr 14

chepping100 says...

Police the scruffiest for 150 years.

Get a shave you’re a disgrace.
Police the scruffiest for 150 years. Get a shave you’re a disgrace. chepping100
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Sat 12 Apr 14

J B Blackett says...

chepping100 wrote:
Police the scruffiest for 150 years.

Get a shave you’re a disgrace.
There's no need to speak to the women like that.
[quote][p][bold]chepping100[/bold] wrote: Police the scruffiest for 150 years. Get a shave you’re a disgrace.[/p][/quote]There's no need to speak to the women like that. J B Blackett
  • Score: 1

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