Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Crime rate falling fast

THE level if crime in Henley is “extremely low”, says the town’s police chief.

THE level of crime in Henley is “extremely low”, says the town’s police chief.

Insp Mark Harling told a town council meeting on Tuesday that there had been just three burglaries in the area since April.

He said: “Three burglaries is incredibly low. A few years ago I would be here talking in the sixties or seventies.

“This year’s regatta was an incredibly busy one but the crime level was very low.

“Antisocial behaviour due to drunkenness in Mill Meadows was almost non-existent.”

The meeting heard that the town’s CCTV cameras had recorded 146 incidents between April and June this year, leading to 11 arrests. The most common offence was drunkenness.

Councillor Ian Reissmann said: “Crime has been reducing for some time now in Henley for whatever reason, be it the nighttime economy or police community support officers. Those figures are extremely low.”

Insp Harling said he was grateful to the council’s contribution towards the cost of the town’s three police community support officers.

The council pays £17,000 per year, the equivalent of half of one officer, while Thames Valley Police and South Oxfordshire District Council fund the remainder.

Insp Harling said PCSOs responded to incidents on the radio as a police officer would.

They performed patrols outside primary schools at the start and end of the school day and had also been used during the regatta, the Henley half marathon and Remembrance Day service.

Insp Harling said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the part-funding because it gives us the increased capacity to do more.”

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