Police, Fire & Court

Latest figures show improvements in crime recording

By Sarah Edwards

Latest crime figures released by Thames Valley Police today, show that there were 138,710 crimes reported across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire from 1 April 2016 until 31 March 2017.
This is a 7.2% increase on the previous year where there were 129,449 reported crimes within the same time frame, but is largely attributed to improvements in compliance with National Crime Recording Standards, following recommendations made by HMIC in 2014.
Overall crime levels in Thames Valley still remain low compared with five and ten years ago. There were 66,976 fewer crimes recorded in this timeframe compared with five years ago (205,686), and 8,357 fewer recorded offences compared with ten years ago (147,067).
Following the release of the figures, Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell, said: “The reasons for variations in crime data from year to year can be complex. As often is the case some of this is down to changes in crime recording and how we capture that information. However there are some increases in crime types, as well as increased victim confidence in reporting certain types of offences.
“In particular, the increase of domestic incidents, hate crime and some sexual offences further demonstrates the growing confidence of victims to report offences. These areas of crime have been underreported for years and I trust these figures show that, as a force, we have been successful in giving victims the trust to come forward, knowing they will be treated with compassion and sensitivity. I would additionally say that anyone who believes they have been a victim of any of these crimes should please come forward and report them to us.
“Certain increases also reflect how proactive and successful our teams have been in targeting offending. Drugs and possession of weapons offences are cases in point. I am pleased to see that our crime prevention work and targeted operations, as well as the Stronghold campaign, are having an impact. We also continue to adapt to meet new and emerging challenges, such as cyber enabled crime and modern slavery.
“I am proud of the dedicated officers and staff within our force, who regularly go above and beyond the line of duty in order to protect our communities. As a force, we are determined to prevent crime, bring offenders to justice and protect the most vulnerable.”