Sex offences up but overall crime down in Thames Valley

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The number of recorded sex offences across the Thames Valley has increased by 30% over the past year, although domestic burglaries are at a 40-year low.

Latest figures released by Thames Valley Police, show a rise in the number of recorded sex offences across the region over the past 12 months, up from 1,995 to 2,168.

In total, 127,497 crimes were recorded across Bucks, Berks and Oxon between April 2013 and March 2014, a reduction of 5%, and the lowest since 1989.

Domestic burglaries are at their lowest since 1974, with just 5,668 recorded, a 20% reduction from the previous year.

This means there were over 1000 fewer victims of burglary in 2013-2014 compared to the previous year.

Theft of vehicles is down 10% to 1,892, while violence against people is down slightly - 19,623 in 2013-2014 compared to 19,529 the previous year.

Deputy chief constable Francis Habgood said: “It is important to note that although this is good news, we will continue to work tirelessly to prevent crime and the public should continue to feel confident in coming forward to report crime, knowing they will be taken seriously.

“We will continue to work hard 24 hours a day 365 days a year to detect and prevent crime, to protect the public and bring offenders to justice.”

Police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: “I am delighted that crime in Thames Valley is at its lowest for 25 years.

“This is an impressive performance and I would like to say thank you to all officers and staff for their hard work.

“As one of my key priorities I am particularly pleased to see another significant drop in domestic burglary.

“This drop in crime has been achieved despite considerable budget reductions and demonstrates how well Thames Valley Police are using their resources, including new technology.”