Recorded sexual offences rise in Thames Valley

Recorded sexual offences rise in Thames Valley

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Lucy Golding

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Recorded sexual offences rise in Thames Valley

Recorded sexual offences in the Thames Valley are rising higher than the national average, according to figures released today.

In the 12 months leading up to March 2014 compared to the 12 months up until March 2013 there was a rise in the number of sexual offences recorded in Thames Valley of 31.2 per cent, compared to a 19.7 per cent increase nationally

According to police the number of recorded offences continues to be influenced by the allegations against celebrities and the subsequent successful prosecutions resulting in greater reporting of historical offences. 

It was also revealed in the figures - released in April but verified by the home office today - that overall crime in the Thames Valley reduced by 4,000 last year, a 3.2 per cent reduction.

There were 131,764 recorded offences between March 2012/13, which dropped to 127,490 for 2013/14.

Police forces nationally saw a 1.3 per cent reduction in crime.

Crime in the Thames Valley is at its lowest for 25 years.

Thames Valley Police also saw the second largest reduction in England and Wales for domestic burglary offences.

These have decreased by 19.8 per cent compared to a national decrease of 6.7 per cent.

This means there were 1,401 fewer victims of the crime.

Public order offences fell by 9.5 per cent in the Thames Valley compared to a 1.7 per cent increase across the country and bicycle theft was reduced by 8.4 per cent, from 5,639 to 5,163, compared to a national increase of 0.4 per cent.

Chief constable Sara Thornton said: “The fact that crime continues to drop and in some areas the reduction is greater than the national average shows that the tireless work of Thames Valley police officers and staff is paying off."

She added: “I am very pleased with the Force’s performance but of course we will continue to work tirelessly to detect and prevent crime, to protect the public and bring offenders to justice.”

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