Police chief thanks officers as Thames Valley records 6% fall in crime

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Crime has continued to fall in the Thames Valley, according to statistics released this week.

The figures, broken down by force area and released by the Office for National Statistics, show that overall crime dropped by six per cent in the 12 months leading up to June 2013, compared with the previous year.

In the year to June 2013, there were 129,025 offences recorded in the Thames Valley, compared with 137,301 in the previous year.

One of the largest reductions was with domestic burglary offences, which dropped by 19 per cent to 6,805. This was compared to just a seven per cent reduction nationally and meant the force saw the fourth largest reduction in the country.

Thames Valley Police also saw the third largest reduction in the country with robbery offences.

In the 12 months leading up to June, there were 1,184 offences recorded, compared to 1,650 in the previous year.

Violence against people saw a six per cent drop to 19,574, compared with just a three per cent drop nationally.

Criminal damage and arson dropped by 13 per cent, from 20,620 to 17,941.

The number of recorded sexual offences increased by 14 per cent from 1,888 to 2,159.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “I am delighted that crime has continued to drop in the Thames Valley.

“I want to thank the thousands of officers, staff and volunteers working for Thames Valley Police for all their hard work.

“Their efforts make the Thames Valley a safe place to live and work. We will continue to work towards cutting crime across the three counties over the next 12 months.”

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: “As one of my key priorities I am particularly pleased to see the significant reduction in domestic burglary.

“I would like to thank all police officers, staff and volunteers whose hard work and dedication has helped to achieve another reduction in crime.”