Bringing down crime as the statistics rise


There were more reported crimes in the county in 2013 than in the previous year.

Between October 2012 and September 2013 there were 88 more crimes reported in Central Beds compared to the same period from October 2011.

The figures are listed in the Community Safety Partnership Strategic Assessment, Identified Priorities for 2014/15. This will be discussed by Central Beds Council’s sustainable communities overview and scrutiny committee on Wednesday.

Serious acquisitive crime increased by 19 per cent whilst there was a significant increase of 32 per cent for domestic burglaries.

Domestic abuse incidents and crimes were up with 12 per cent more incidents reported and four per cent more crimes. However changes to the Home Office’s definition of domestic abuse added 16 and 17-year-olds to the statistics for the first time.

In 40 per cent of the incidents the perpetrator was the victim’s partner, in 39 per cent it was an ex-partner and the remaining 21 per cent involved other family members.

There were 7,486 reported anti-social behaviour incidents with an average of 624 per month but there is no comparable data for previous years.

Bedfordshire Police have identified 58 organised crime groups that impact on the county.

However there has been an eight per cent decrease in the number of violence against the person offences.

Council officers have recommended that the council supports the three Partnership Strategic Assessment Priorities for 2014/15.

These are to reduce the number of victims of anti-social behaviour and to reduce the number of victims of domestic abuse while supporting those who are most vulnerable for both these 

The third priority is to reduce domestic burglary.

The agenda report states: “Fear of crime is raised by local residents as a concern and working on crimes that impact the most in terms of victims and community impact will support our co-ordinated approach to decrease fear in the community.”