- Research carried out by Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows increase in crime in Gloucestershire lower than many other similar parts of the UK
- The survey focuses on crimes the British Crime Survey (BCS) says causes most harm to communities – burglary, vehicle crimes, robbery, violent crime, sexual offences, criminal damage and arson
- When compared with the rest of the South West, most similar groups like Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall which are a mix of urban and rural areas and the rest of England and Wales, there is less crime in Gloucestershire than most of the areas under review and the rate of increase is also among the lowest.
- Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Brierley said, “Let’s be honest, these figures are no cause for celebration, but it’s important to put them into a national context.
Gloucestershire is still one of the safest places to live and work in the UK, according to the latest research carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Official figures show there has been a steady increase nationally in the number of police recorded crimes – increasing by 5% in the year ending June 2015, by 7% in the year ending June 2016, and by 13% in the latest year. Whilst Gloucestershire has also seen increases, crime levels remain low in the county in comparison to most other similar areas.
Focusing on those crimes that the British Crime Surveys says causes the most amount of harm to communities, like burglary, vehicle crimes, robbery, violent crimes, sexual offences and criminal damage and arson, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is able to match national and local crime rates through various Home Office performance management tools. Due to the conditions of use, the OPCC is unable to share the full content publically but the tables below provide information that puts Gloucestershire into context with other parts of the country.
When compared with the rest of the South West (SW), most similar groups (MSG) like Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall which are a mix of urban and rural areas and the rest of England and Wales (E&W) Gloucestershire is performing well. There is less crime in the county than most of the areas under review and the rate of increase is also among the lowest.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Brierley said, “Let’s be honest, these figures are no cause for celebration. Any increase in crime is a concern, but it’s important to have a sense of proportion.
“£30 million in cuts since 2012 and another £5 next year has meant there are far fewer officers to do the jobs they were doing in the past when the workload is increasing exponentially. But I hope that those who have criticised the police unfairly will now have a greater understanding of the scale of the challenge they face and a better appreciation of the work they are doing.
“Of course, we would all like to see more police but if they’re not regularly in your street, it’s because they are engaged elsewhere where their presence is of greater importance.
“And whilst the PCC has asked the Chief Constable to come up with a new approach to neighbourhood policing, I hope this will reassure people that Gloucestershire is still a safe place”.
Key to tables:
SW South West
MSG Most Similar Group
E&W England & Wales
The table above shows that although crime in increasing, Gloucestershire is performing well in comparison to those areas deemed most with demographically similar (Most Similar Group) and in comparison to England and Wales. Regionally, performance is similar.
The tables below show the BCS Crime MSG positions and rates for the six areas in Gloucestershire, using the same time parameters as above:
The tables above show that when compared to peers, the areas across Gloucestershire are performing very well and despite recent increases in crime, actually crime rates are low in Gloucestershire, making it one of the safest places in the region and country.
Most similar groups: