Milton Keynes is a safe place to ‘live, work and play’ as crime drops to lowest in 15 years

Detective Superintendent Barry Halliday
Detective Superintendent Barry Halliday

Crime in Milton Keynes is at its lowest in 15 years, says Detective Superintendent Barry Halliday.

When comparing figures between April 2012 and March 2013, there have been 1,088 fewer victims of crime in the area with the numbers of crime dropping from 19,406 in the previous year 18,318.

Det Supt Halliday said: “I’m pleased to say that we have seen a six per cent decrease in all crime this year.

“This reduction is evidence of the work that we have been doing throughout the year with our partners to ensure that Milton Keynes is a safe place in which to live, work and play.

“I am particularly pleased that we have seen a reduction in the burglary of people’s homes - this is a terrible crime, which can often leave the victims in a state of fear.

“We have had a nine percent reduction which means that there have been 65 less household burglaries in the area this year - something which we are very proud of.

“Not only have household burglaries decreased, our detection rate has also gone up by 4.6 per cent, which shows that more offenders are being brought to justice.

“We have continued to target drug dealers and we have had 338 fewer drug offences this year. We have a robust approach to drug dealing in Milton Keynes and I think this is reflected in the fact that we continue to reduce this type of crime.

“Overall vehicle crime has also gone down and we have experienced 158 fewer vehicle crimes this year. Despite several challenges over the year we have still managed to reduce the level of crime.”

However, there has been an increase of three per cent in violent crime, meaning there are, on average, eight violent crimes against a person in Milton Keynes per day.

Det Supt Halliday said: “One area of concern for the Local Policing Area priority is violence based crime. We have had a three percent increase in violence against the person, which equates to 99 more offences this year.

“In order to address this, we are reviewing how we police violent crime and are looking for ways in which to deal with prolific offenders.”

Thames Valley are now reassessing how it polices night-time economy in Milton Keynes, with plans to put forward a proposal for a late night levy - following its rejection last year.

Det Supt Halliday said: “This would allow us to effectively support the policing of the night time economy alongside out partners (Safer MK) in Milton Keynes and help to reduce violent crime.”

Robbery has seen a 16 per cent decrease and burglary statistics show a decrease from 1,833 last year to 1,684 in 2013/14.

Det Supt Halliday added: “Finally I’m pleased that crime is at the lowest it has been since 98/99 and that our burglary rates are also the lowest they have been in 15 years.

“I would also like to thank the public for all their support in helping us reduce overall crime. It is vital we keep our engagement with members of the public going and sharing crime reduction information which means that people can feel confident in what we can achieve when they report crime.

“Together with out partners we will work hard to keep Milton Keynes safe.

“The priority is listening to our communities and looking to resolve crime issues which affect them the most, but also to continue to target the prolific offenders who commit the majority of offences and to bring them to justice.”

Steve Conway from the Community Safety Partnership Safety MK said: “We are very pleased with the crime figures; there have been some strong decreased in the numbers of crime recorded in Milton Keynes. We have been involved in several campaigns and operations in 13/14 and we will be pleased to be working in partnership with Thames Valley Police in the coming years.”