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20 April 2015, 12:36 | Updated: 20 April 2015, 12:39
The end-of-year crime figures for Milton Keynes Local Policing Area (LPA) show that overall crime figures are continuing to decline.
The figures for last year (ie between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015) show that there were 130 fewer crimes than in the previous 12-month period.
The overall number of crimes decreased from 18,295 in 2013/14, to 18,165 last year. Last year’s figure represents a large decrease on the figure from five years ago, which was 25,540 in 2009/10 – meaning the number of crimes during the year in that time has fallen by 7,375 (28 per cent).
The number of burglaries reported in the LPA decreased by 18.5 per cent (more than 300 fewer victims) from 1,685 in 2013/14, to 1,373 last year.
The number of vehicle crimes also decreased, by 8.9 per cent (187 fewer victims), from 2,096 in 2013/14, to 1,909 last year.
There has also been an increased reporting of sexual offences (up by 53.4 per cent) with rape reporting in particular rising 63.2 per cent in the past year. However, a quarter of all rapes reported occurred before April 2014. Thames valley Police believe this increased reporting demonstrates a growing confidence in Thames Valley Police to investigate and support victims of these crimes.
Supt Gez Chiariello, LPA Commander, said: “I am pleased to see that the overall number of crimes year-on-year continues to fall, particularly the burglary figures.
“But we are not complacent and will be working to bring the figures down even further over the course of the next year.
“One of our priority areas for this year is violence against the person, including domestic abuse, which, although the number of offences has risen in the past 12 months, it should be taken into account that this rise is in line with a national increase. The ‘violence against the person’ category also now takes into account more types of offences, so it is understandable that the number of offences would rise.
“But to put it into context, over the last five years violence against the person has decreased by nearly a third, from 4,844 in 2009/10, to 3,283 last year – that’s over 1,500 fewer victims of violent crime per year.”
Colin Wilderspin, Head of Community Safety at Milton Keynes Council, said: “These stats are encouraging and Safer MK will continue to work with partners and local communities to further reduce crime.
“In partnership we will deliver activities to help prevent crime and improve the perception of public safety.
“We have recently reviewed our Partnership Strategy to ensure it reflects the issues that are of concern to the residents and businesses of Milton Keynes, so that we can continue to see reductions in reported crime.”