Figures show crime continues to fall in Bracknell Forest
16 April 2014
The end of year crime figures for the Bracknell Forest Local Policing Area (LPA) show that overall crime in the LPA has been reduced by five per cent. This means that overall there were 269 fewer victims of crime in the area.
Ch Insp Dave Gilbert, local area commander, said: “I am pleased that crime in Bracknell Forest continues to drop. We have been working hard throughout the year with our partners to ensure that Bracknell Forest is a safe place to live and work.
“There have been 156 household burglaries this year, which is 52 less than last year. Household burglary is invasive and an offence which can have a terrible impact on the residents' lives. We are committed to tackling burglary as an issue and I think the reduction this year demonstrates this.
“We continue to target drug dealers in Bracknell Forest and this year there has been a eight per cent drop in drug offences. We have worked with local partners and have conducted joint operations with the Metropolitan police in order to stop cross boarder drug offences.
“There have been 163 less violent offences take place in the LPA this year.
“We have had 11 more reports of sexual offences this year. However, this falls in line with our policy to encourage members of the public to report sexual offences rather than to suffer in silence.
“There have been 68 more theft from vehicle offences this year compared to last. We continue to tackle this issue and it remains an area priority. We continue to patrol hotspot areas and to work with vehicle owners to protect their vehicles and property. We thank the media for their help distributing crime prevention advice to the public and we will continue to raise awareness around this issue.
“Overall, crime in Bracknell is at its lowest level in 15 years, which is great news and shows that Bracknell is a safe place to both live and work.
“I would like to thank the public for all of their support in helping us to reduce overall crime. We continue to engage with the public and are always looking for ways to deliver crime prevention messages. We are constantly looking to ensure that the public are confident in our work to prevent crime and that they receive the right messages in order to prevent them becoming a victim. We will continue to encourage people to report offences in order to help us ultimately reduce crime.
“Together with our partners we will continue to keep Bracknell safe. Our priority is to look to resolve issues which affect them the most. We will continue to focus on force and local priorities.”
Police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: “I am delighted that Bracknell Forest have seen a drop in overall crime this year and as one of my key priorities I am particularly pleased to see such an impressive reduction in domestic burglary.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank all officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication.”
Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, said: "These crime figures are fantastic, particularly when you consider that they reflect a further reduction to those of last year, which themselves were a remarkable achievement.
“It’s good to know we have the lowest crime rate in the Thames Valley.
“I would like to echo Ch Insp Gilbert’s sentiments that these figures stem from our partnership working and the dedication of our police officers to continue to make Bracknell Forest a safe place to live, work and play.”