Burglary rate at historic low

Aylesbury area commander Olly Wright
Aylesbury area commander Olly Wright
  • Thames Valley Police has released crime figures for policing areas across the region
  • In Aylesbury Vale, most crimes including burglary are down, however reports of rape are up
  • Supt Olly Wright said he was pleased the Vale had relatively low levels of crime overall

The numbers of burglaries of homes in Aylesbury Vale is at historically low levels, according to crime statistics by Thames Valley Police.

Overall burglaries in the Vale reduced by 14.1% in the last year, dropping from 915 incidents in 2013/14 to 786 in 2014/15.

House burglaries were cut by 10.6 per cent to historically low levels - from 320 incidents to 286.

Supt Olly Wright, commander for the Aylesbury local policing area said: “I am particularly pleased though that burglaries have been reduced this year.

“It has continued to be an area of particular focus because we know how traumatic it can be to have your home burgled.

“We have worked on reducing burglary through having our own dedicated team that work on burglary and also by working with other forces.

“We have also focused on organised burglary which is when people travel across the UK and commit offences in different policing areas.”

He said police were focusing on theft from cars, particularly from insecure vehicles.

Meanwhile, there has been an increase of 41.5% in the numbers of reported rapes from 65 in 2013/14 to 92 in 2014/15, after a focus to encourage victims to report crimes.

Supt Wright said: “Rape has historically been an under-reported crime and I am pleased that now victims are having the confidence to come forward.

“I think off the back of Operation Yewtree and the Jimmy Savile case it has helped raise awareness of what can be done to help victims of these types of crimes.

“A lot of the rapes that are being reported have been historical ones.

“The message is clear, if you are a victim of rape you will be believed, you will be looked after and we will do all that we can to catch the offender.”

There has been a 9% reduction in recorded domestic abuse crimes in the last year, down from 786 incidents in 2013/14 to 715 in 2014/15.

Other reductions in Aylesbury Vale in 2014/15 include theft of vehicles down by 19%, from 116 incidents to 94, theft from the person down by 10.7% from 159 incidents to 142, public order offences down 25.4% from 279 incidents to 208,

Overall crime across the local policing area is down by 0.9%, with incidents down from 7,687 in 2013/14 to 7,617 in 2014/15.

There were 42.07 crimes per 1,000 people in Aylesbury Vale in 2014/15, compared to 52.33 crimes per 1,000 people across the Thames Valley as a whole.

Supt Wright added: “I am pleased that recorded crime has continued to fall, and that the Aylesbury Vale continues to have relatively low levels of crime overall.

“I hope this reassures the public that this is a safe place to live, work and visit.

“Having said that, we cannot rest on our laurels and will continue to work hard every day to prevent crimes and, when they do happen, bring the perpetrators to justice.

“We are going through the process of working out how we will evolve for the future now.

“We are looking at what areas to focus on slightly less and what areas to focus on more.

“That is always going to be a challenge given the austerity measures we are facing.”