Police – monthly update – April 2015

Crime rates continue to fall across Thames Valley

Crimes figures released last month show crime continues to fall with a drop of over 6,000 recorded crimes in the last year and over 5,000 fewer victims.There were 121,208 crimes recorded across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire from April 2014 until the end of March 2015, compared with 127,408 in the 2013/2014 reporting year. This is a further reduction of almost five per cent from the previous year.

Some of the key statistics are

  • Victim based crime has fallen by 4.5 per cent with robbery, burglary and vehicle theft showing significant falls.
  • Robbery is down by 17 per cent and all burglary has fallen by 18 per cent, with dwelling burglaries at their lowest level since 1973.
  • The chance of being a victim of vehicle theft has reduced in two years from one in 159 in 2012 to one in 203 in 2014, equating to a fall of 18 per cent.
  • There has been an increase of 10.4% in violence against the person across Thames Valley. Comparatively however, this is over 10,000 fewer crimes than five years ago and the Thames Valley remains in the bottom twenty-five per cent of the 43 police forces, based on the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) data published in September 2014.
  • There has also been an increased reporting of sexual offences (up by 34.5 per cent) with rape reporting in particular rising 52.6 per cent in the past year, however 31 per cent of all rapes reported occurred before April 2014. This increased reporting demonstrates a growing confidence in Thames Valley Police to investigate and support victims of these crimes.


In Blackthorn a container was entered and tools stolen and in Chesterton a shop was broken into and a large quantity of golfing equipment stolen. In Middle Aston several rooms in a hotel have been entered and debit cards stolen from inside whilst in Stoke Lyne a garage was broken into and a gas welder and bottle stolen. The church in Fringford has been broken in and entry gained but fortunately nothing was stolen. A window was smashed in Upper Heyford and also signs, and a canal sign had graffiti damage, a car window was broken in Launton and a lock was damaged to a house in Caversfield. Three people have been found in possession of cannabis in Chesterton, Somerton and Middleton Stoney. Registration plates were stolen from a parked car in Arncott and an unattended car was stolen from the unclassified road that runs from Hethe to Cottisford. Two vans parked overnight in Cherwell Valley Services were entered and a quantity of tools stolen. Some good news however is that the vehicle stolen from Lower Heyford recently was recovered on the M25 and was towing a stolen caravan, persons have been arrested for this.


Speed checks have been carried out recently in Caulcott where 1 motorist was found to be speeding and another check on Somerton Road Upper Heyford which resulted in 3 people found speeding.

Have your say meetings


Members of the team have been out and about and recently attended the village fete at Lower Heyford on May 2nd. Officers also attended Chesterton brownies and assisted with the crime prevention advice and the community market at Souldern. Meet your local neighbourhood officers and have your say on policing priorities and concerns in your local area

13th June WPC Brown at Launton church fete from 1300-1430

13th June WPC Brown at Candleford beer festival from 1445- 1530