Burglaries down 20% in Thames Valley, according to new stats

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The results released by Thames Valley Police show a 10.7% drop in crime overall from April 2012 to the end of March 2013 with nearly 14,000 fewer victims of crime.

It marks the sixth year in a row for a drop in crime in the Thames Valley.

Domestic burglary and robbery showed the greatest reductions.

Burglary went down 20% while the number of recorded personal robberies fell from 1,537 to 1,172.

Chief constable Sara Thornton said: “We are delighted that the number of crimes across the force area is continuing to drop.

“It is important for us that not only are we reducing the number of crimes taking place, but we are also making sure fewer people are becoming the victims of crime.”

The number of serious sexual offences reported to police rose from 1,384 to 1,400 and rape cases rose from 464 to 502.

She added: “This has been a challenging year for many forces in this country in relation to sexual offences, as a result of highly publicised incidents and individuals.

“We have seen an increase in people coming forward to report crimes that happened to them in earlier life and we continue to encourage any victim of crime to come forward to report it.

“We treat all these allegations with the utmost seriousness and a number of investigations are continuing.”

Overall, violent crimes were down by nearly 10% from 21,625 to 19,509 adding to last year’s reduction of 23.9%.

The chief constable added: “Thames Valley Police were set a target of reducing personal violence by 5% and I am happy to say this has been achieved and exceeded, with reductions of almost 10%.

“At the same time the percentage of violence cases that are detected has continued to rise, to over 47%

“We will continue to seek to reduce domestic burglaries and violence and our force priorities for the next year will include reducing rural crime and anti-social behaviour. I’m sure the positive trends will continue.”

Police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: “I would like to thank all police officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work over the last year.

“There are still improvements to be made but reducing crime is also a partnership between many organisations, and getting things working well in such things as the criminal justice system has as great effect on reducing crime as anything the police can do.

“I shall be doing all I can to get these partnerships working better over the next year.”

Specific figures for Aylesbury Vale are due out soon.