Thames Valley crime up by 10 per cent

    Total crime recorded by police is up by 10 per cent, according to police figures collated by the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

    This is three per cent higher than the average in England and Wales in 2018.

    Five types of crimes have been recorded less in 2018 compared to 2017: Bicycle theft, criminal damage and arson, death or serious injury caused by illegal driving, homicide, and shoplifting.

    All other crimes  have gone up, including drug offences, possession of weapons offences and robbery.

    Stalking and harassment more than doubled from 2017 to 2018, while violence without injury, public order offences and residential burglary have also risen significantly.

    The data does not include fraud and cybercrime, which is now recorded by Action Fraud on behalf of individual police forces and has gone up by 17 per cent in the last year.

    An increase in the number of crimes recorded by the police does not necessarily mean the level of crime has increased.

    For many types of crime, police recorded crime statistics do not provide a reliable measure of levels or trends in crime as they only cover crimes that come to the attention of the police.

    Police recorded crime can be affected by changes in policing activity and recording practice and by willingness of victims to report.

    The CSEW does not cover crimes against businesses or those not resident in households and is not well-suited to measuring trends in some of the more harmful crimes that occur in relatively low volumes, such as homicide.

    Below you can find a list of crime figures in the Thames Valley in three categories: ‘Crime Down’, ‘Crime Up’, and ‘No figures for 2018’ – which shows the previous measurement of burglaries.

    Crime Down (compared to 2017)
    Bicycle theft
    5,260 (2016) 7,189 (2017) 5,581 (2018)
    Criminal damage and arson
    18,707 (2016) 19,525 (2017) 19,104 (2018)
    Death or serious injury caused by illegal driving
    38 (2016) 35 (2017) 19 (2018)
    Homicide
    11 (2016) 25 (2017) 17 (2018)
    Shoplifting
    15,984 (2016) 17,517 (2017), 14,256 (2018)

    Crime Up (compared to 2017)
    All other theft offences
    18, 975 (2016) 20, 443 (2017) 20,782 (2018)
    Drug offences
    4,806 (2016) 4,505 (2017) 5,065 (2018)
    Miscellaneous crimes against society
    2,248 (2016) 2,319 (2017) 3,308 (2018)
    Non-residential burglary
    N/A (2016) 3,260 (2017) 3,913 (2018)
    Possession of weapons offences
    1,043 (2016) 1,194 (2017) 1,419 (2018)
    Public order offences
    4,082 (2016) 4,537 (2017) 6,848 (2018)
    Residential burglary
    N/A (2016) 6,516 (2017) 8,370 (2018)
    Robbery
    964 (2016) 1,267 (2017) 1,602 (2018)
    Sexual offences
    4,474 (2016) 4,646 (2017) 5,435 (2018)
    Stalking and harassment
    2,771 (2016) 3,671 (2017) 8,396 (2018)
    Theft from person
    3,708 (2016) 3,623 (2017) 2,965 (2018)
    Vehicle offences
    12,921 (2016) 14,922 (2017) 17,093 (2018)
    Violence with injury
    12,439 (2016) 13,365 (2017) 15,711 (2018)
    Violence without injury
    14,879 (2016) 16,043 (2017) 22,168 (2018)

    No figures for 2018
    Domestic burglary 
    4,685 (2016) 1,390 (2017) N/A (2018)
    Non-domestic burglary 
    7,013 (2016) 1,788 (2017) N/A (2018)
    Burglary statistics have changed since 2017, now grouped as ‘residential burglary’ and ‘non-residential burglary’ rather than ‘domestic burglary’ and ‘non-domestic burglary’.

    Police recording of burglaries has been on a consistent downwards trend for the last ten years but increased in the last year, under its new categorisations.

    The data can be found here.

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