Chief Constable's update
Welcome to the Chief Constable's Update.
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I would like to update you on how we are delivering on the promises we made for this year. Overall I am delighted with the great improvement across the Thames Valley in the percentage of burglaries and violent crimes we are solving on behalf of victims. In particular we are beginning to show that committing burglary is really a mug’s game as your chances of being caught are increasing all the time. We are now solving over 26 per cent of all burglaries, and in some areas it is above 30 per cent.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has asked us to prioritise rural crime. There has been significant operational activity targeting both the organised criminals who prey on rural communities and lots of engagement and crime prevention work on an individual basis by the Neighborhood Teams. I am have met with the National Farmers Union and we are running the 100 Days of Action to focus our work by running operations to reduce the likelihood of agricultural machinery being stolen, farm buildings being broken into, hare coursing and poaching taking place.
Overall, crime is going down nationally, and in this region too. The reduction in burglaries this year compared with last year is over 20 per cent. Violence is proving harder to tackle and is showing a slight increase of two per cent compared with last year. Can I assure you that we are working hard to reduce this violence by looking for crime patterns, putting officers where the offending is more likely to take place, doing the preventative work with partners and tackling the repeat offenders.
We have also spent considerable effort on sexual crimes. We aim to solve 23 per cent of all reported rapes and we have worked well with the Crown Prosecution Service to try to improve conviction rates at court. We know child sexual exploitation, child abuse and domestic abuse are key concerns for the public and they will continue to be a main focus of our work.
I hope you will agree this is positive news for people living in the Thames Valley. All officers and staff will continue to work hard to keep reducing crime.
Sara Thornton, Chief Constable