Focus will be tackling burglary and violence
Latest figures help police force to prioritse targets
Following the release of this year’s crime figures, which showed a rise in crime in the area for the first time in 10 years, Superintendent Yvette Hitch ( said that the figures have helped her to decide which areas to focus on over the next 12 months.
The figures released show that there were 129,611 crimes reported across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire from April 2015 until the end of March 2016.
The increase is reflected nationally, and has been attributed to a different system in terms of how crimes are reported.
Supt Hitch said: “There has clearly been an increase, but it’s largely down to how crimes are reported. What I’m encouraged by is the fact that more and more people are telling us when a crime has occurred.
“We are also seeing a rise in the number of people coming to us with reports of abuse, sometimes historic, because they now believe they will be listened to and taken seriously.
“That is a result of recent well-known cases involving celebrities, and often date back 10,20 or 30 years, but the crimes are recorded in this year’s figures even though they often happened time ago.
“These famous cases have showed people that just because something happened a long time ago, the police will take what they have to say seriously.”
Supt Hitch says that one of her main focuses will now be on burglary.
She said: “Last year when the clocks went back, we saw an increase in burglaries, even though we had tried to raise awareness about making sure that homes are well lit when people are out, in order to discourage burglary.
“We will be focusing on burglaries from dwellings. These are people’s homes and it is something that they are concerned about.”
She said: Chiltern and South Bucks are affluent a long areas, and are lovely places to live, but sometimes that means that we are a target.
“We want to make sure that people living here always feel safe and secure, and confident in their