Crime falls by less than one per cent in 12 months

Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police ranked top ten in the country for reducing crime - despite the decrease being less than one per cent.

The force had the eighth largest reduction of criminal offences across all forces in England and Wales this year.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today reveal there were 123,798 crimes recorded across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire from July 2014 until the end of June 2015.

Crime in the Thames Valley fell by 0.7 per cent in 12 months.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “Overall, crime across the area continues to fall and when surveyed we are pleased to see that victim satisfaction remains high.

“This is testament to the officers, staff and volunteers who, with the support of members of the public and partners, worked so hard to achieve this.”

The number of sex offences committed across Thames Valley has almost doubled in the past year, while homicides also increased - with 15 in the last 12 months.

Mr Campbell added: “Our homicide rate has increased this year however numbers are still thankfully low compared to other regions and as a result of the hard work of our investigation teams, in many of these cases, an offender has been detected.

“We recognise that there are some significant challenges especially around violence against the person and sexual offences and our current operational priorities are reflective of this.”