The end of year crime figures for the Reading Local Policing Area show there has been a further seven percent reduction in all crime from last year’s figures which means there were 999 fewer victims in 2013/14 and overall figures are the lowest since 1998/99.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Spencer, Crime Manager at Reading police station, said: “I am very pleased that crime in Reading continues to drop. We have been working very hard over the year with our partners to make Reading a safe place in which to live and work.
“It is particularly pleasing to see that we have seen a significant reduction in the burglary of people’s homes for the second consecutive year. Burglary is a really nasty offence which can have a dramatic impact on victims, this year the Reading area has 267 fewer households suffering these effects. Domestic burglaries have been halved compared to two years ago and I am determined to maintain our focus to maintain these unprecedented low levels.
“At the same time we have continued to catch and prosecute a great number of suspects, maintaining last year’s good figure of nearly 20 percent.
“Another positive is that in other crimes, such as robbery, vehicle and public order offences we have seen significant double digit reductions.
“There are areas where we have seen increases, such as violence; sexual offences; hate crime and domestic abuse incidents. However, whilst I am committed to minimising the risk of anyone being the victim of such crimes, these are areas which historically have gone under reported and the increase indicates people feel more confident to report such matters to us. I encourage them to do so, so that we can have reliable information to focus our resources to tackle these crimes and bring offenders to justice.’
“Overall, crime in Reading is at its lowest level in since 1998/99, which is as far back as our figures will allow us to look for Reading. This is fantastic news and shows Reading is a safe place in which to live and work.
“However we aren’t going to be complacent, I continue to review our strategies and practices to ensure we get the greatest results, addressing any areas of improvement.
“I would also like to thank the public for all their support in helping us reduce overall crime. It is vital we keep our engagement with members of the public going and sharing crime reduction information which means that people can feel confident in what we can achieve when they report crime.
“Together with our Partners we will work hard to keep Reading safe. The priority is listening to our communities and look to resolve crime issues which affect them the most, but also to continue target the prolific offenders who commit the majority of offences and to bring them to justice.
“I would urge everyone to keep up to date about crimes in their area by following use on Twitter @TVP_Reading or signing up to receive free localised crime updates via email, voice or text via Thames Valley Alert at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk.”
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “I am delighted that crime in Reading is now at its lowest for 16 years. This is an impressive performance and I would like to say thank you to all officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work.
“As one of my key priorities I am particularly pleased to see another significant drop in domestic burglary.
“This drop in crime has been achieved despite considerable budget reductions force wide and demonstrates how well Thames Valley Police are using their resources, including the new technology available to them.”