Friday, 14 December 2018

Another big fall in crime rate

CRIME in the Henley area has fallen by eight per cent so far this year.

CRIME in the Henley area has fallen by eight per cent so far this year.

This is on top of the 12 per cent decrease that was recorded last year.

Reported crimes have dropped from 806 to 646 in the last three years.

The Henley police sector includes Mapledurham, Kidmore End and Eye and Dunsden in the south up to Swyncombe in the north and Goring and South Stoke in the west.

Insp Mark Harling, head of Henley police, told the Henley Standard: “Of the crime that is committed we are currently solving just over a third of it and we clearly want to be able to solve more.

“Crime across various categories is dropping but it is increasing where we are finding it happening, such as public order offences typically on Friday and Saturday nights when people sometimes have a little too much to drink and may act in a disorderly way, and drug-related offences.

“I am quite satisfied that these increases show the police are in the right places at the right times.”

Burglaries in the Henley area fell from 55 last year to 33 so far this year.

Insp Harling said: “Burglary is always my main concern in Henley and we must never take our eye off of the ball.

“Earlier this month we made some arrests and have two local men on bail. The burglaries stopped for a few days and then re-started and this does concern me.

“We know that Henley is seen to be a target area for criminals from other areas such as Reading but we also have some local people who commit this crime too.

“Certainly our work on burglary never stops and we are constantly looking at where we may have a problem and trying to anticipate where we can do more.”

The Henley neighbourhood team and the 24/7 shift officers have burglary as their priority and they work with detectives at Didcot. Neighbourhood Watch teams also pass information on to the police.

Insp Harling said: “The message I would like to get across to people is to make sure that they ensure their homes and property are secure, including sheds and outbuildings, and take advantage of the free crime prevention advice that they can get from the local neighbourhood team and if they see anything suspicious, phone the police and let us know.

“I regularly have conversations with people who tell me about suspicious activity but didn’t call it in as they thought it was ‘probably nothing’.

“It could well be nothing but the fact of the matter is that it might be ‘something’ and it would be good if we could check it out.

“Sheds and outbuildings are a problem. By their very nature, sheds are difficult to secure — a padlock is only as good as the screws that are holding the clasp on to the shed and they are relatively easy to get into.”

Insp Harling suggests daubing garden equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers with paint to make it look “less attractive” to thieves and to those who subsequently might want to buy it.

He added: “It really is about making it as difficult for the thieves as possible.”

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