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District crime rate still falling

Published: 23 Jan 2013 15:301 comment

CRIME in Bracknell Forest continues to fall.

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Latest figures from Thames Valley Police for April 1 to December 31, 2012, shows that all crime throughout the borough dropped by 11.2 per cent - from 4,393 offences in the same period in 2011, to 3,902 in 2012.

In particular, violent crime - such as wounding, harassment and violence against a person - was down by 12.4 per cent, from 781 in 2011 to 684 in 2012, while stealing was down by 13 per cent (2,238 to 1,946) and sexual offences had dropped from 73 in 2011 to 65 in 2012.

Robbery against a person also reduced by more than a third from 33 to 21.

The police recorded 166 burglaries in homes throughout the nine month period, which is an increase of 14.5 per cent from 145 in 2011. However, the borough still has the lowest burglary rate in Berkshire.

Chief Inspector David Gilbert, local police commander, said: "I am most pleased with the reduction in crime again this year. There is a large amount of good work among my staff and working with partner agencies to produce these figures.

"In the year ahead we will continue to focus on maintaining these low levels of crime and reducing the number of victims in our community."

Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for public protection, welcomed the "positive" figures and thanked a strong partnership of major services - including the borough council, local police, fire service, magistrates and the probation service.

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