Crime Falls In Aylesbury Vale But Rapes & Vehicle Thefts Up
12:40pm 11th April 2014
Earlier this week, Mix 96 reported how overall reported crime across the Thames Valley had fallen to it's lowest level since 1989; today the local figures for reported crime in the Aylesbury Vale district confirms a mirror image of falling crime levels - here - the lowest in 25 years.
The new numbers out today show 40 fewer crimes than last year - although the previous year's annual drop was 442.
Speaking to Mix 96 today, Superindendent Gez Chiariello, said:
“I am pleased that Aylesbury Vale has seen a reduction in crime this year. I am pleased to announce that robbery, which includes theft of personal property and business property, has reduced by 30 per cent across the Vale (19 fewer offences compared to last year), whilst the detection rate has risen by 12.2%. The likelihood of an individual being affected by personal robbery is around 1 in 4347.
The Vale has also seen a 10% reduction in burglary from dwellings this year (37 fewer burglaries on last year). We are committed to working extremely hard to reduce the number of burglaries further, hold more criminals accountable for this horrific crime and reduce the victims of burglary across the rural areas and towns of the Vale.
I am especially delighted to see a large reduction in drugs-related offences - 266 fewer this year. This success is in part due to a number of well executed operations, warrants, targeting of known offenders and the invaluable input from the public in reporting suspicious incidents to us. We have identified and arrested more offenders this year."
But Supt Chiariello didn't shy away from admitting some of the most serious offences, violence with injury and serious sexual assaults (rape) had actually risen locally.
What did the Superintendent have to say about that?
"Whilst I am committed to protecting vulnerable victims of such crimes, these are areas which historically have gone under reported and the increase most likely highlights that more people are coming forward, and have the confidence to report offences to the police, so we can fully investigate incidents of this nature.
I would like to reassure the public that Aylesbury Vale remains one of the safest places in the country to live, work and visit and we will continue to work with our strong community safety partnerships to tackle these crimes and bring offenders to justice. We are proud of the hard work and the part we play in ensuring that Aylesbury Vale remains a safe place."
Supt Gez Chiariello added:
“This year Aylesbury Vale town centre retained its purple flag status, which should give people the confidence that the town is a well-managed environment where they can enjoy their evenings, and the award is recognition of the efforts and resources we have continued to put in place to keep the community safe. My priorities are to ensure a quality of service, protecting vulnerable people, keeping the communities of Aylesbury Vale safe and protecting them from harm.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for all their support in helping us reduce overall crime in their area. With the support of the public and our incredibly committed and dedicated members of staff, police officers, volunteers and our community safety partnerships we will continue to a deliver high quality service to our communities to ensure Aylesbury Vale remains a safe place. The top priority is to stop crime being committed, but when it is committed we will do everything we can to identify the offenders and bring them to justice.”
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