Burglary rates decline but continued vigilance needed over Christmas

Published: 5 Dec 2013 10:300 comments

Burglary rates have decreased 9% in Wokingham since last year but people are warned to remain vigilant over the holiday season.

Crime rates for burglary have dropped from 250 to 195, when compared to the same period last year in Wokingham Borough.

This comes just before the season when many fear a rise in crime, fuelled by the purchase of expensive presents.

However, Chief Inspector Robert France, LPA commander for Wokingham, assured that all was being done to ensure rates stayed low.

He confirmed that there has been a detection rate of 28.7%, people either charged with or admitting offences, with 47 people charged and nine requesting crimes be taken into consideration.

Chief insp France’s message to the public during the holiday season, when many people visit family, was try to leave a light on timer, or get your neighbours to watch your house while you are away.

In the run up to Christmas, the council is holding the fifth ‘Have a Safe Christmas Roadshow’ on Friday December 6 from 10am to 1pm at Sainsbury’s, Winnersh, and Tuesday December 10 from 10am to 1pm at Tesco, Wokingham.

The sessions will give residents the chance to meet the Berkshire Women’s Aid emergency support emergency representatives, as well as the council’s trading standards and community safety team, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) and Thames Valley Police.

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