Increase in sexual offences in Windsor and Maidenhead

Increase in sexual offences in Windsor and Maidenhead

Simon Meechan

Crime figures for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have been released by police for the 2013-14 financial year.

There are reductions in car crime, burglaries and violent offences.

But there is an increase in sexual offences and robberies compared to the previous year.

Sexual offences increased by 19 per cent from 113 to 134 reported cases.

Windsor and Maidenhead's area commander, Superintendent Kate Ford, said: “If that is increased confidence in reporting and belief in the work we have done encouraging reporting, in a way I see that as a positive.

“If people have got more confidence that they believe we’ll treat them properly when they come forward to report a sexual offence.”

She added that sexual assaults where the victim is targeted by a stranger are still ‘rare’.

In March Martin Cain, formerly of Stompits Road, Holyport, was sentenced to 40 months in prison after admitting attempting to kidnap and sexually assault a women in Shoppenhangers Road last June.

Nobody has been charged for two sexual assaults in May and June last year.

Robbery increased by eight percent,  with 65 cases reported compared to 61 the previous year.

Overall there were 836 fewer crimes in the Royal Borough than in 2012-13, a nine per cent decrease.

Car crime has lowered, with 21 per cent fewer vehicles  (from 136 to 107) stolen this year, and six per cent fewer cars smashed into, down from 1,016 to 955.

But Supt Ford warned that motorists are still making it easy for chance crooks.

She explained that recently a brand new 42-inch TV was stolen from a car, adding that leaving valuable goods inside a car is a ‘magnet’ for thieves.

Burglary decreased by a third, with 213 fewer homes broken into this year than in the previous 12 months.

There has been a slight drop in violent crime, with 1,227 assaults compared to 1,204 last year, whilst shoplifting is down seven per cent from 666 to 620 reports.

Detection rates are down by 0.8 per cent, but they have increased for rape and burglary.

In 2012-13 only 13.8 per cent of rape reports resulted in a charge. This rose to 21.4 per cent in the last financial year.

There was a 2.6 per cent increase in detection rates for burglary, with 13.8 per cent of reports leading to a charge in the last 12 months. The police is targeting a 20 per cent detection rate for burglary this year.

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