Aylesbury Vale - Crime Falls Year On Year
3:00pm 19th July 2012
Thames Valley Police has recorded the second largest fall in crime out of all 43 forces across England and Wales, according to Home Office figures released today.
The recorded crime statistics, which are the number of offences recorded from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012, show the Thames Valley had 149,766 offences compared to the 172,422 recorded in 2010/11, a drop of 13.1 percent.
The national reduction is 4.2%, meaning Thames Valley Police are the second best performing force in the country (Gwent recorded 14.7%).
One of the biggest reductions is in violence against the person offences, which dropped from 35,906 in 2010/11 to 27,327 in 2011/12, a drop of 23.9% compared to the national average of 7.2%.
Sexual offences also fell from 2,195 to 1,961, a change of 10.7% compared to the national average of 2.3%, and robbery fell from 2,082 to 1,726, a fall of 17.1% compared to the national average of 2%.
Domestic burglary offences fell by 8.1% and other burglary by 10.4, compared to national averages of 5 and 3.3% respectively. Offences against vehicles fell by 17.4%.
The figures released also show that 67.8% of respondents to a national survey in Thames Valley agreed that the police were doing an excellent or good job, compared to a national figure of 62.3%.
Chief Constable Sara Thornton told Mix 96: "The latest figures show another welcome reduction in crime across the Thames Valley and as always, it is encouraging to see the more serious categories of crime, such as sexual offences, violent crime and robberies, on the decline.
This performance is down to the hard work and commitment of officers and staff, as well as the continuing support from our local communities, who have shown a real dedication to helping with the fight against crime.
In real terms, these figures show there have been 22,656 less victims of crime in the Thames Valley this year compared to the previous, which is fantastic news."
Chief Constable Thornton added: "There is no room for complacency, and we will continue our efforts to reduce crime even further and make the communities we live and work in safer."
Overall recorded crime in Hertfordshire continued to fall - dropping by 6%, with dwelling burglary down 19%, vehicle crime down 7% and robbery down by 11%. Overall there were almost 4,000 fewer recorded crimes in the county compared to the previous year. Crime nationally fell by 4%.
Rates of crime in the county compared to the national picture also remained low across main crime types with Hertfordshire having 56 recorded offences per one thousand population compared to a national rate of 72. Hertfordshire's burglary crime rate remains well below the national rate - 6 offences per one thousand population compared to 9 nationally.
Hertfordshire Constabulary also has a good record in detecting crime and catching criminals, with a detection rate of 35% compared to a national average of 27%.
The statistics released also include measures on how people rate their local police force. In Hertfordshire 69% of people said that police do a good or excellent job. This was the highest rating for any force in the country, and compared to 62% nationally.
David Lloyd, Chairman of Herts Police Authority told Mix 96: "We are delighted with the successful year the Constabulary has had and that strategies to reduce crime and convict criminals are working. Hertfordshire remains a safe place in which to live and work but we will not be complacent and will continue to monitor performance and ensure that we remain focussed on further crime reductions."
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