Saturday, 16 December 2017

Crime decreases for second year running

CRIME in South Oxfordshire has fallen by more than nine per cent but the police?s detection rate has also gone down.

CRIME in South Oxfordshire has fallen by more than nine per cent but the police?s detection rate has also gone down.

There were 4,613 crimes reported in the year to end of March, 465 fewer than in the previous year and 709 fewer than in the year before.

However, the detection rate was 27.1 per cent compared with 33.4 per cent in the previous year, according to figures released by Thames Valley Police on Monday.

Burglaries fell by 20.1 per cent from 747 in the previous year to 597.

Vehicle crime dropped by almost 24 per cent with 451 recorded incidents compared with 593 the previous year.

Crimes against society, which include drugs and public order offences, went down by almost 30 per cent from 649 offences to 457.

Victim-related offences fell by 6.2 per cent.

The number of sexual offences increased by 55 per cent from 79 to 123 while recorded domestic abuse incidents rose by five per cent from 384 to 404. Across the Thames Valley, there were 121,208 recorded crimes compared with 127,408 in the previous year, a reduction of five per cent.

Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: ?Crime in the Thames Valley continues to fall and victim satisfaction remains high.

?The reduction for robbery, burglary and vehicle theft is particularly significant.

?This is testament to the officers, staff and volunteers who, with the support of members of the public and partners, worked so hard to achieve this.

?The greater reporting of sexual offences is encouraging and we will continue to safeguard and protect victims of these crimes and thoroughly investigate each case.

?Violence has risen in the last year but levels in Thames Valley have been lower than national averages and we will continue to work with our partners and local communities to tackle these crimes.?

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