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Bracknell Forest bucks national crime rise

Partnership working between the Bracknell Forest Council and Thames Valley Police is paying off as latest figures show Bracknell Forest has one of the lowest crime rates in the Thames Valley, bucking a national surge in overall crime.

Nationally, overall crime has increased by 14% across England and Wales, However figures for April 2017 to January 2018, show a 1% decrease in overall crime in Bracknell Forest compared to the same period last year.

This figure is the lowest out of all the Community Safety Partnerships (CSP’s) in Berkshire and third lowest out of all the Thames Valley*, with Bracknell Forest being the only CSP in the whole of the Thames Valley to present a decrease in victim based crime.

In terms of overall crime in the borough, there have been decreases in several crime types including drugs offences, thefts, public order offences and shoplifting.

Iain McCracken, Executive Member for Culture, Resources and Public Protection said:

“It’s really fantastic to see we continue to achieve such low crime figures for Bracknell Forest, this is undoubtedly thanks to the success of our partnership working with the police and other agencies, and the continued hard work by our Community Safety Partnership. 

“It’s reassuring news for residents too, knowing they live in one of the safest boroughs in the Thames Valley. I have no doubt that our continued work in this area can only continue to yield impressive results”