‘Our city is safe’ say boys in blue

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POLICE have insisted the city is a safe place to live, work and play despite crime figures proving two thirds of criminals are giving them the slip.

The Milton Keynes crime detection rate is just 27.2 per cent, a figure Thames Valley Police officers claim is above the national average.

Alarmingly for company owners, statistics show the amount of robberies from business properties shot up by a massive 45.8 per cent in the past year.

Meanwhile crimes categorised as ‘most serious violence’ have increased by 1.3 per cent.

Thefts from people – often mobile phones or cash – have risen by a worrying 23 per cent.

Yet the news comes at a time when police are boasting about reduced crime figures, recording an overall drop of four per cent in Milton Keynes coupled with an increase in detection rates.

This is compared to a general crime reduction of seven per cent across the whole of Thames Valley.

Another local exception is drug trafficking, where offences have risen by 11 per cent since this time last year.

Cannabis possession has increased by 3.5 per cent, while interfering with a motor vehicle has risen by 13.2 per cent

But the good news is that serious sexual offences have dropped by almost 10 per cent and violence against the person crimes by more than 20 per cent.

Despite the city’s detection figures appearing low, officers say the figure is above the national average and more improvements are planned.

Local Policing Area Commander for Milton Keynes, Superintendent Nikki Ross, said: “The overall detection rate appears low but broken down into the priority crime areas it is 36 per cent for violence against the person with injury, 62.5 per cent for most serious injury.”

She said the number of crimes per 1,000 of population had dropped steadily over the past three years to 103.68.

“Our priority locally is on arriving at scenes in good time, investigating offences thoroughly and taking positive action where we can.

“Witnesses and victims are important in the pursuit of justice and we are working hard to ensure a good service is given, which continues to support people coming forward to report crimes but also supports them throughout the criminal justice system.”

She added: “We will continue to work hard to ensure Milton Keynes is a safe place to live, work and play.”