Crime ris­ing in force patch

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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.”

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