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Central Aylesbury sees 'double' national crime rate

The area also sees the highest rate of drug offences and anti-social behaviour in the county.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:44am 30th June 2020. (Updated at 5:42am 1st July 2020) 3-minute read.

Central Aylesbury sees 'double' national crime rate

Central Aylesbury sees over double the average national rate of violent and sexual offences.

As part of a report on life in Buckinghamshire, which we heard about yesterday, the area also sees the highest rate of drug offences and anti-social behaviour in the county.

Average crime rates are given as incidents per 1,000 residents.

In Aylesbury Central, the rates are as follows (with national in brackets):

  • Violent crime & sexual assault 70.4 (29.6)
  • Anti-social behaviour 40 (22.2)
  • Drug crimes 7.1 (2.5)
Aylesbury Town Centre signage

We asked area Superintendent, Mike Loebenberg, what the police are doing about this:

"We are receiving an additional allocation of resources, or officers, as part of the policing uplift programme.

"That will continue through this financial year and in the main will go to our response teams.

"That should mean that our town centre team are able to provide even more focus on the town centre than they potentially have been."

Anti-social behaviour

Heart of Bucks say:

Anti-social behaviour is a broad term that covers any activity that impacts on other people in a negative way, for example noise nuisance, rowdy behaviour, fly-tipping and kerb-crawling.

It can drag an area down or prevent the regeneration of an area where other bodies are looking to invest, and has become a major part of community safety work.

Mike told us more police are coming to the patch but says it's about working with other organisations as well.

That includes councils and shop management:

"We exchange information on a regular basis, work together on issues around anti-social behaviour and criminality, and generally speaking are very aware of matters that arise and are putting resources in as-and-when to deal with them."

Differences in drug offences

Thames Valley Police

When it comes to drug offences, by comparison from June 2018 to May 2019 there were no drug incidents recorded in a total of 6 wards across Buckinghamshire. These wards are:

  • Lacey Green and Speen from Wycombe district
  • Little Missenden and Holmer Green from Chiltern district
  • Waddesdon and Watermead wards from Aylesbury district.

Crime rates overall in Buckinghamshire are about the same, from district to district, but only when you look at specific wards can we see big differences like that with Aylesbury Central.

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