Thames Valley: Crime Figures Released

The latest recorded crime figures for England and Wales have been released by the Office of National Statistics.

Overall, Crime in the Thames Valley is down.

There were 121,198 crimes recorded across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire from April 2014 until the end of March 2015, compared with 127,431 the previous year.

This means there were 5000 fewer victims of crime in the area.

Domestic burglaries have fallen by 21.4 per cent in the last year. This is the lowest recorded level in Thames Valley since 1973

However, there were more reports of some types of violent crime. There was a 62 per cent increase in the number of rapes reported in this period.

There was also a 40 per cent increase in victims coming forward about rape offences which occurred prior to April 2014.

Chief Constable, Francis Habgood said: “I am really encouraged by the latest figures which show that Thames Valley had the second largest reduction in criminal offences across England and Wales last year.

“While the figures on rapes are higher, I believe that this shows a greater confidence among victims that the police will deal with the rape in an effective and sympathetic way.

“Crime across the Force area continues to fall and victim satisfaction remains high. This is testament to the officers, staff and volunteers who, with the support of members of the public and partners, worked so hard to achieve this.”