Crime down by five per cent across Cherwell and West Oxfordshire

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Crime across the Cherwell and West Oxfordshire district has fallen by five per cent over the past year new figures reveal.

According to end-of-year statistics released today (Tuesday) by Thames Valley Police for the Cherwell and West Oxfordshire local policing areas, the LPA achieved a five per cent reduction in all crime between April 2013-March 2014, meaning 630 fewer victims of crime over the course of the year.

Area Commander Supt Colin Paine said: “I am pleased to announce that crime continues to fall across the Cherwell & West Oxfordshire LPA.

“Overall reported crime is down by five per cent across the police area which means that there are 630 fewer victims than there were this time last year. This success is, in large measure, down to effective partnerships with West Oxfordshire District Council and Cherwell District Council in running excellent local initiatives to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.”

There was a seven per cent reduction in the total number of burglaries including burglary dwelling and non-dwelling offences, equating to 73 fewer victims of burglary and an overall reduction of 14 per cent in violent crime which reduced by 263 offences this year.

There was also a 19 per cent reduction in drugs-related offences, with 369 fewer crimes

There was however a slight increase in reports of non-violent domestic incidents, which rose by seven per cent, equating to an extra 150 reports this year.

However Supt Paine said this can be “positively interpreted” as is suggests victims are reporting non-violent incidents to the police earlier, giving them more opportunities to intervene before such incidents escalate into more serious offences.