Increase in violent crime in Windsor and Maidenhead
Violent crime has increased in Windsor and Maidenhead over the past year, despite an overall decline in recorded offenses.
Thames Valley Police recorded 3,035 incidents of violent crime in Windsor and Maidenhead in the 12 months ending in December, according to the Office for National Statistics.
It was a 3% increase. 100 compared to the previous year.
At 20 crimes per 1,000 people, that rate was lower than the rate in England and Wales, which was 30.
One of the main factors driving the increase in Windsor and Maidenhead was the increase in stalking and harassment, which rose 38% from 675 incidents to 931.
Violence without injury offenses were recorded 1,352 times, an increase of 5% over the previous year, and violence with injury on 752 times, down 24%.
Overall, police recorded 8% fewer crimes in England and Wales – there were around 5.6 million offenses between the year and December.
The ONS said the annual drop was mainly due to a “substantial drop” in crime of 15 percent between April and June when the first lockdown restrictions were introduced.
While police-recorded crimes increased from July to September as restrictions were gradually relaxed, they fell again in the last three months of the year with the reimposition of lockdowns, he said. -he adds.
Sophie Sanders, of the ONS Center for Crime and Justice, said: “There have been fluctuations in the level of crime in England and Wales throughout 2020.
“While a small proportion of these fluctuations will be the result of seasonal effects on crime trends, the majority can be attributed to the introduction and subsequent relaxation of national foreclosure restrictions throughout the year. .
“Most types of crime have seen recorded infractions drop year after year. Notable exceptions are drug offenses, due to proactive police activity in crime hot spots during the first lockdown, while violence against the person also saw a slight increase.
The total number of offenses in Windsor and Maidenhead fell 7%, with police recording 9,330 crimes during the year.
This puts the overall crime rate at 61.6 per 1,000 people, compared to a national average of 80.8.
Other crimes recorded in Windsor and Maidenhead include:
253 sexual offenses, a decrease of 15%
3,421 theft offenses, down 21%
907 incidents of arson and arson, down 13%
567 drug offenses, up 27%
95 possession of weapons such as guns or knives, down 37%
761 public order offenses, up 40%
Crest Advisory, a criminal justice consultancy, said it was no surprise that crime patterns have been “hugely affected” by the unprecedented restrictions of the pandemic.
But he noted that drug offenses in England and Wales have increased by 15% and that the number of domestic violence offenses recorded by police in 2020 has increased by 7%.
Danny Shaw, head of strategy and organizational insight, added: “The increase in drug offenses was mainly due to increased police activity in the fight against traffickers and organized crime gangs. , which were also easier to spot with fewer people on the street.
“The increase in the number of reports of domestic violence may well be linked to the foreclosure, when people in abusive relationships were forced to spend long periods of time together.”