Crime rising in force patch
Statistics released by Thames Valley Police show many offences have risen – including rape, robbery, and violent crimes.
Since April 2016, the number of arson attacks has increased 19.9%, drug trafficking 28.1% and possession of a weapon 19.8%.
The figures, which cover Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire, show nearly 140,000 crimes have been reported in 12 months.
Thames Valley Police suggests the rise is reflected on a national scale.
The force partly attributes the statistics to improvements with national crime recording standards, following recommendations made in 2014 by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
The HMIC is the Crownappointed body which reports on the effectiveness of police forces in England and Wales.
“The reasons for variations in crime data from year to year can be complex,” said John Campbell, Deputy Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police.
“As often is the case, some of this is down to changes in crime recording and how we capture that information.
“However there are some increases in crime types, as well as increased victim confidence in reporting certain types of offences.”
The HMIC’s latest, annual, police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) assessment rated Thames Valley Police good across the three areas of policing.
There are 8,357 fewer recorded offences compared with this time ten years ago, when 147,067 were reported.
Dep Chf Const Campbell added: “Certain increases also reflect how proactive and successful our teams have been in targeting offending.
“I am pleased to see that our crime prevention work and targeted operations – as well as the Stronghold campaign [against organised crime] are having an impact.
“I am proud of the dedicated officers and staff within our force, who regularly go above and beyond the line of duty.
“As a force, we are determined to prevent crime, bring offenders to justice and protect the most vulnerable.”