Violent or sexual offences average at two per day in town
AN average of two violent or sexual offences took place in Guildford town centre each day during the first six months of the year.
New figures on the police. uk website show an average of 72 violent and sexual offences were reported to Surrey Police each month between January and the end of June.
The most reported incidents occurred in January, when police received 88 calls from members of the public, while April had the fewest, with 50.
The boundaries of the area for which data was collected runs from Thorneycroft Wood and Parsonage Water Meadows to the north, to Warren Road in the east, through Shalford Park to East Shalford Lane to the south, and down Dapdune Wharf and along Farnham Road to the west.
A spokesman for Surrey Police, said: “We welcome the transparency that sharing crime data on police.uk brings, but it is important to understand the context of the data.
“In particular, we caution against using the data to compare the number of crimes between different policing areas as the website makes no effort to correct for how many people live in the area, how densely populated the area is, how big the area is or what type of area it is (rural areas will suffer different crimes to urban areas).
“In some cases, due to the Home Office rules used to categorise a crime, a single incident can be recorded as multiple crimes if there are multiple victims.”
The spokesman added: “The crime data is accurate as at the time and date the website is visited – incidents can be reviewed long after the event and this can lead to them being categorised differently at different times.
“It is also useful to understand a little about how the data is collated: The website divides the UK into a large number of pre-agreed anonymous points – typically the middle of a field, waterway or road – to prevent victim identification. Each recorded crime is assigned to the nearest of these pre-agreed points, but in sparsely populated areas this can be a substantial distance from where the crime actually occurred.”