Crime in Bracknell Forest continues to fallBy Becky Barnes
January 18, 2013
Crime figures have fallen again in Bracknell Forest.
Overall crime dropped by more than 11 per cent from last April to the end of December, which followed a 17 per cent reduction between April 2011 and April 2012.
Robbery against a person fell 36 per cent, violent crime was down 12 per cent and sexual offences reduced by 11 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Police say that burglaries increased by a small amount – from 145 to 166 – on the same nine-month period, but that is still the lowest of all Berkshire unitary authorities.
Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, said: “This latest fall in overall crime figures is to be welcomed and is a tribute to the hard work being done by the Bracknell Forest Community Safety Partnership.
“The partnership is made up of representatives from all our major services: the borough council, local police, fire service, magistrates and probation service, together with colleagues from our town and parish councils and housing associations.
“This focused partnership continues to deliver real improvements in the quality of life for all our residents and makes our community one of the safest places in the country.
“There is always more work to be done but we should all be encouraged by these very positive figures.”
Bracknell’s Chief Inspector David Gilbert said: “In the year ahead we will continue to focus on maintaining these low levels of crime and reducing the number of victims in our community.”