Crime In Thames Valley Rises For First Time In 10 Years
It has been announced that reported crimes in the Thames Valley region has risen by 7.2% in the last year. This is the first rise in reported crimes for this area over the past 10 years.
However, Thames Valley Police have stated that the rise is due to c hang in the way they are recording reported crimes.
They have also said that there has been a rise in the reporting of domestic abuse and sexual offences.
It is also of interest to note that violent crimes against the person were up by 30.3% when compared to figures from the previous year but calls to the police over violent crimes were down 12.5%.
It is reported that between April 2015 and March 2016 some 129,611 crimes were recorded across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire by the force – 8,663 more than during the same time period last year.
30.3% rise in violent crime
37.3% rise in rapes reported
19.5% rise in domestic abuse
12.4% rise in hate crime
Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “Despite the increases in violent crime on last year, which may on the face appear to be concerning, we are confident that the increases are down to better recording, and that the Thames Valley has some of the lowest levels of violent crime in the country.
“I believe that the rise that we have seen this year in the reporting of domestic abuse and sexual offences demonstrates the growing confidence of victims that they will be treated with compassion and sensitivity by our officers.”
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