Crime drops to a level not seen in Bracknell for the last 15 years

Published: 17 Apr 2014 13:300 comments

CRIME is at its lowest level in Bracknell Forest for at least 15 years, according to police.

They say that, overall, the number of offences in the borough has fallen by 5%, year on year.

Overall, there were 269 fewer victims of crime in the borough in the period April 2013 – March 2014 compared to the previous 12 months, with 163 fewer violent crimes.

Chief Inspector Dave Gilbert, police commander for Bracknell Forest, said: “I am pleased that crime in Bracknell Forest continues to drop. We have been working hard throughout the year with our partners to ensure Bracknell Forest is a safe place to live and work.

“Overall crime in Bracknell is at its lowest level in 15 years, which is great news and shows that Bracknell is safe.”

Despite the force having 12 more reports of sexual offences in 2013-14 (up from 107 to 119), Ch Insp Gilbert claimed the increase reflected the police’s policy of encouraging the public to report such crimes. Robbery of personal property was also up, from 30 cases to 42, but police said 10 of those cases were youngsters having their mobile phones snatched by one individual.

Based on the number of victims per total population, police say the likelihood of becoming a victim of robbery in Bracknell Forest is 1-in-2,700.

There were 20% more thefts from vehicles in 2013-14 compared to the previous 12 months – up from 343 to 411. Ch Insp Gilbert said this type of crime remained a priority across the area and are committed to tackling the issue.

The number of domestic burglaries has reduced by a quarter, with 52 fewer cases than last year – the lowest since 1998/99 – while there has also been an 8% drop in drug offences.

Ch Insp Gilbert added: “I would like to thank the public for all of their support in helping us to reduce overall crime.

“We continue to engage with the public and are always looking for ways to deliver crime prevention messages. We are constantly looking to ensure that the public are confident in our work to prevent crime and that they receive the right messages in order to prevent them becoming a victim.”

Anthony Stansfeld, police and crime commissioner for the Thames Valley, said: “I am delighted that Bracknell Forest has seen a drop in overall crime this year and, as one of my key priorities, I am particularly pleased to see such an impressive reduction in domestic burglary.”

Overall crime in Bracknell Forest is at its lowest since the geographical boundaries that the local police force cover changed in 1998/99.

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