Fo­cus will be tack­ling bur­glary and vi­o­lence

Lat­est fig­ures help po­lice force to pri­or­itse tar­gets

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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