Concern over rising violent crime in Thames Valley region
10 October 2007
Theresa May has expressed concern over the rising levels of violent crime in the Thames Valley region.
Police Performance Assessments released by the Home Office demonstrated that the 2006/7 violent crime rate in the Thames Valley area has increased by 15% since 2005/6, and that overall recorded crime has increased by 4.9% in the same period. The Assessment concluded that Thames Valley Police Force’s performance in tackling crime had deteriorated.
Theresa said, “I am concerned that violent crime appears to be rising in the region, and that the Police Performance Assessment has judged that Thames Valley Police Force’s work in tackling crime has deteriorated. Unfortunately this reflects a national pattern, which has seen violent crime double in the past ten years.”
“It is particularly disappointing that the levels of violent crime and domestic burglary for Thames Valley are higher than those for similar neighbouring areas.”
“It is encouraging that the numbers of police officers in the Thames Valley region has increased in the past year. I hope that further increases, along with an expansion of neighbourhood policing, will ensure that we see more police on the beat, and that this will result in reductions in crime in the coming years.”