Crime continues to decrease in Aylesbury Vale

Crime continues to decrease in the Aylesbury Vale LPA, this year we have had
40 fewer victims of crime in comparison to last year.

Supt Gez Chiariello, said: “I am pleased that Aylesbury Vale has seen a reduction in crime this year.

“I am pleased to announce that robbery, which includes theft of personal property and business property, has reduced by 30 per cent across the Vale. This means there were 19 fewer offences in comparison to last year, whilst our detection rate, which is
when an offender is either charged or cautioned, has risen by 12.2 per
cent. The likelihood of an individual being affected by personal robbery
is around 1 in 4347.

“I am pleased to announce the Vale has seen a 10 per cent reduction in burglary from dwellings this year. This means there were 37 fewer burglaries in the last 12 months. The overall detection rate for burglaries has risen by 2.6 per cent. We are
committed to working extremely hard to reduce the number of burglaries
further, hold more criminals accountable for this horrific crime and
reduce the victims of burglary across the rural areas and towns of the
Vale.

“I am especially delighted to see a large reduction of 25 per cent in drugs-related offences. This means there were 266 fewer offences this year and we are detecting and solving more crimes. This success is in part due to a number of well executed
operations, warrants, targeting of known offenders and the invaluable
input from the public in reporting suspicious incidents to us. We have
identified and arrested more offenders this year, and this sends out a
clear deterrent message that we will not tolerate drugs in our
communities and we will deal robustly with those that are involved in
the supply of drugs.

The LPA has achieved a 6 per cent reduction in arson and criminal damage offences. This means there were 71 fewer victims of this type of crime, and the detection rate has risen by 1.7per cent this year.

“There are areas we have seen increases, such as violence, sexual offences and domestic abuse incidents. However, whilst I am committed to protecting vulnerable victims of such crimes, these are areas which historically have gone under reported and the increase most likely highlights that more people are coming forward, and
have the confidence to report offences to the police, so we can fully
investigate incidents of this nature.

“I would like to reassure the public that Aylesbury Vale remains one of the safest places in the country to live, work and visit and we will continue to work with our strong community safety partnerships to tackle these crimes and bring offenders to
justice. We are proud of the hard work and the part we play in ensuring
that Aylesbury Vale remains a safe place.

“This year Aylesbury retained its purple flag status, which should give people the confidence that the town is a well-managed environment where they can enjoy their evenings, and the award is recognition of the efforts and resources we have continued to put in place to keep the community safe. We will continue to proactively
police the night-time economy and work closely with the community
safety partnership to ensure licensed premises are effectively managed,
to protect our communities and keep our night time environment safe in
our towns for people to go out and enjoy themselves without fear of
getting hurt”.

Supt Gez Chiariello added: “My priorities are to ensure a quality of service across the 350 square miles of the Vale, protecting vulnerable people, keeping the communities of Aylesbury Vale safe and protecting them from harm.

“It is important for us that not only are we reducing the number of crimes taking place, but we are also making sure fewer people are becoming the victims of crime. We will continue to work extremely hard so that we can look to reduce crime further.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for all their support in helping us reduce overall crime in their area. With the support of the public and our incredibly
committed and dedicated members of staff, police officers, volunteers
and our community safety partnerships we will continue to deliver a high
quality service to our communities to ensure Aylesbury Vale remains a
safe place. The top priority is to stop crime being committed, but when
it is committed we will do everything we can to identify the offenders
and bring them to justice.”

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “I am delighted that Aylesbury Vale have seen a drop in overall crime this year and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all officers, staff and volunteers for
their hard work and dedication. As one of my key priorities I am
particularly pleased to see a reduction in domestic burglary.”

Jon McGinty, Chairman of the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership, said: “These figures are very encouraging and show the success we are having across the district. However, we won’t rest on our laurels. The partnership continues to seek
new ways to ensure Aylesbury Vale remains a safe and cohesive
community.”