Official police statistics analysed by the Citizen show a significant drop in the number of recorded crimes in Milton Keynes over the last two years, including a decrease of more than 50 per cent in violent offences.
The data, taken from details uploaded by Thames Valley Police to a website which records levels of crime by every police force in the country, shows a 20 per cent drop in the number of total monthly recorded crimes in just two years, including everything from anti-social behaviour to firearms offences.
In the first half of 2011, there were an average of 2,316 reported crimes in Milton Keynes every month, compared to 2,103 in 2012 and 1,840 in the first half of this year.
During the two years, the highest monthly rate was in April 2011 when 2,739 crimes were reported, and the lowest was in February 2013 when police recorded just 1,673 crimes.
In the first six months of 2013, the figures show a huge decrease in the number of recorded violent crimes compared to the same period two years ago, down from a monthly average of 491 in 2011 to 227 this year – a drop of 53 per cent.
However, levels of burglary have only dropped 13 per cent, down from a monthly average of 152 to 131, while vehicle crime has remained stagnant with 185 offences in 2011 compared to 180 in 2013.
Earlier this week a report by the Mail on Sunday highlighted the area around Central Milton Keynes station as a national hotspot for bike and vehicle theft.
Indeed CMK is a hotspot for total city crime, with a large number of recorded offences in the Fishermead and Oldbrook areas. Other central locations including Peartree Bridge, Eaglestone and Beanhill also show high levels of recorded crime, as do areas in the north of the city such as Wolverton and Bradville.