Levels of crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) ranks highly in the public’s concern and is considered the most important factor in making somewhere a good and safe place to live. Warwickshire and West Mercia Police have stated an ambition to become ‘great at protecting the most vulnerable’ which is outlined in their ‘Looking to 2020’ document, available to the public via the following link: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/lookingto2020.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire lists four key objectives in the current Police and Crime Plan which are:
- Putting victims and survivors first
- Ensuring efficient and effective policing
- Protecting people from harm
- Preventing and reducing crime
Since 2006/07 and up until 2015/16, the general trend for Warwickshire has been a reduction in total recorded crime year on year as illustrated in the chart below:
Warwickshire and West Mercia Police advise that the increases in recorded crime do not reflect a deteriorating picture in our communities, however it is acknowledged that the nature of crime is changing with much more of a focus being put on higher harm and vulnerability.Taking effect from April 2015, a number of significant changes were made nationally to the ways in which crime is recorded. These changes have resulted in increased recorded crime levels for Warwickshire in 2015/16 and it is expected that this will continue into 2016/17.
The following table provides an overview of crime for the 12 month period Jan – Dec 2016, broken down by district and borough.
|Source: Crime information system, Warwickshire Police|
- Just under a third (32%) of total recorded crime in Warwickshire comes under the category of ‘violence against the person and sexual offences’.
- Part of the increase in violence against the person and sexual offences is attributed to the introduction of a new harassment crime category which includes verbal and written instances of harassment including via email and social media.
- Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough has the highest crime rate per thousand population (78.98), the lowest rate is Stratford-on-Avon District with 51.30.
While recording of crime has undergone a major overhaul, recording of ASB incidents has remained consistent and comparisons can be made to previous years:
|District/Borough||ASB Incidents (Apr to Mar)||% Change|
|Source: STORM incident system, Warwickshire Police|
Overall incidents of ASB have reduced for Warwickshire by 5% (886 less incidents). Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon Districts saw the largest percentage reductions.