Violence drives Windsor and Maidenhead crime rate up 17%
Crime has increased over the past year in Windsor and Maidenhead, official police records show.
Thames Valley Police recorded 10,008 offenses in Windsor and Maidenhead in the 12 months to March, according to the Office for National Statistics.
This is a 17% increase from the previous year, when there were 8,576.
However, at 66.2 crimes per 1,000 population, this rate was well below the rate in England and Wales, which stood at 89.3.
Of the crimes recorded in the region over the past 12 months, 373 were sexual offences, a 61% increase from the previous year.
Meanwhile, violent crime has increased in the region from 2,838 to 3,566 during this period.
One of the main factors behind this increase was the rise in violence resulting in injury, which increased by 34%, from 705 incidents to 948.
And theft offenses rose 4%, with 3,070 incidents recorded in the 12 months to March.
At 20.3 crimes per 1,000 population, this rate was lower than the rate in England and Wales, which stood at 25.1.
Crimes recorded in Windsor and Maidenhead included:
373 sexual offenses, an increase of 61%
3,566 violent offenses, an increase of 26%
901 incidents of criminal damage and arson, up 1%
408 drug-related offences, down 29%
68 possession of weapons such as guns or knives, a decrease of 11
1,442 public order breaches, up 93%
3,070 theft offences, an increase of 4%
1,189 criminal harassment offences, up 29%