MPs and police officers celebrate huge fall in crime

Thames Valley Police and crime Commissioner candidates meeting held at AVDC in Aylesbury - pictured is candidate Anthony Stansfeld
Thames Valley Police and crime Commissioner candidates meeting held at AVDC in Aylesbury - pictured is candidate Anthony Stansfeld

The city’s MPs have joined the Police and Crime Commissioner in celebrating a fall in crime across Thames Valley.

Figures released this week showed total crime in the Thames Valley Police area had fallen by 11 per cent – two per cent more than the national average.

Figures show that domestic burglaries – a crime highlighted as important by Superintendent Barry Halliday – fell by 20 per cent while robberies are down by 25 per cent.

Nationally, the numbers show recorded crime is the lowest since surveys began in 1981 and is now less than half its peak level in 1995.

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said: “These figures are a real testament to the hard work officers from Thames Valley Police do to keep us safe. Cutting crime has been one of the major ambitions of the Government over the past few years and I warmly welcome this news.”

Mark Lancaster, his Milton Keynes North counterpart, said: “I am always impressed by the work that the Thames Valley Police do, but these figures go to prove how effective the efforts they have made to reduce crime has been.”

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: “As two of my key priorities I particularly welcome the continued drop in violence against the person and domestic burglary. I am also pleased that HMIC have recognised the Force has a plan in place to make the required financial savings whilst still protecting frontline policing.

“These are challenging financial times but I will be working closely with Thames Valley Police to ensure that despite budget reductions communities across the Thames Valley still have their policing requirements met.”