10:03AM, Friday 29 April 2016
Reported crimes increased across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire for the first time in 10 years, Thames Valley Police has revealed.
Between April 2015 to March 2016,129,611 crimes were reported, up from 122,720 in the previous year.
Reports of violence against the person increased by 30.3 per cent for a total of 28,319.
Thames Valley said in a statement that it believes the increase in crime reflects national statistics, and suggested it could be down to ‘to a change in recording practices as set out by the Home Office’.
The statement continued: “We believe that this does not reflect an actual increase in violence in the Thames Valley. This is supported by the most recent Crime Survey of England and Wales which says “the estimate for violent crime showed no statistically significant change compared with the previous year’s survey”.
Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police John Campbell, said: “I am proud of the work our officers are doing to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and our contribution to making the Thames Valley a safe place to live and work.”
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