Levels of crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) rank 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 2017/18, the general trend for Warwickshire has been a reduction in total recorded crime year on year as illustrated in the chart below:
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 this is a trend that has continued. Warwickshire & 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.
The following table provides an overview of recorded crime for the 12 month period April 2017 – March 2018, broken down by district and borough.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough has the highest crime rate per thousand population (89.88) whilst the lowest rate is Stratford-on-Avon District with 50.45.
Criminal Damage and Arson constitutes 11.9% of all recorded crime in Warwick District, whilst Vehicle Offences constitutes 15.7% of all recorded crime in North Warwickshire Borough.
Just under a third (28.7%) of total recorded crime in Warwickshire comes under the category of ‘violence’ (either with or without injury). This is highest in Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough (31.7%).
While recording of crime has undergone a major overhaul, recording of ASB incidents has remained consistent and comparisons can be made to previous years.
Overall incidents of ASB have reduced for Warwickshire by more than 6% (1,086 fewer incidents). North Warwickshire Borough, Rugby Borough and Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough saw the largest percentage reductions, whilst incidents of ASB have increased in both Stratford-on-Avon District and Warwick District.