Vi­o­lent or sex­ual of­fences av­er­age at two per day in town

Surrey Advertiser - - Front Page -

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.”

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