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Crime continues to decrease in the Aylesbury Vale. The latest figures released by Thames Valley Police indicate that there have been 40 fewer victims of crime this year in comparison to last year.

Supt Gez Chiariello, said: "I am pleased to announce that robbery, which includes theft of personal property and business property, has reduced by 30 per cent across the Vale. This means there were 19 fewer offences in comparison to last year, whilst our detection rate, which is when an offender is either charged or cautioned, has risen by 12.2 per cent. The likelihood of an individual being affected by personal robbery is around 1 in 4,347."

"I am also pleased to announce that the Vale has seen a 10 per cent reduction in burglary from dwellings this year. This means there were 37 fewer burglaries in the last 12 months. The overall detection rate for burglaries has risen by 2.6 per cent. We are committed to working extremely hard to reduce the number of burglaries further, hold more criminals accountable for this horrific crime and reduce the victims of burglary across the rural areas and towns of the Vale."

"I am especially delighted to see a large reduction of 25 per cent in drugs-related offences. This means there were 266 fewer offences this year and we are detecting and solving more crimes. This success is in part due to a number of well executed operations, warrants, targeting of known offenders and the invaluable input from the public in reporting suspicious incidents to us. We have identified and arrested more offenders this year, and this sends out a clear deterrent message that we will not tolerate drugs in our communities and we will deal robustly with those that are involved in the supply of drugs."

"The Local Policing Area has achieved a 6 per cent reduction in arson and criminal damage offences. This means there were 71 fewer victims of this type of crime, and the detection rate has risen by 1.7per cent this year."

"There are areas in which we have seen increases, such as violence, sexual offences and domestic abuse incidents. However, whilst I am committed to protecting vulnerable victims of such crimes, these are areas which historically have gone under-reported and the increase most likely highlights that more people are coming forward, and have the confidence to report offences to the police, so we can fully investigate incidents of this nature."

"I would like to reassure the public that Aylesbury Vale remains one of the safest places in the country to live, work and visit and we will continue to work with our strong community safety partnerships to tackle these crimes and bring offenders to justice. We are proud of the hard work and the part we play in ensuring that Aylesbury Vale remains a safe place."

"This year Aylesbury retained its purple flag status, which should give people the confidence that the town is a well-managed environment where they can enjoy their evenings, and the award is recognition of the efforts and resources we have continued to put in place to keep the community safe. We will continue to proactively police the night-time economy and work closely with the community safety partnership to ensure licensed premises are effectively managed, to protect our communities and keep our night time environment safe in our towns for people to go out and enjoy themselves without fear of getting hurt".

Supt Gez Chiariello added: "My priorities are to ensure a quality of service across the 350 square miles of the Vale, protecting vulnerable people, keeping the communities of Aylesbury Vale safe and protecting them from harm."

"It is important for us that not only are we reducing the number of crimes taking place, but we are also making sure fewer people are becoming the victims of crime. We will continue to work extremely hard so that we can look to reduce crime further."

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for all their support in helping us reduce overall crime in their area. With the support of the public and our incredibly committed and dedicated members of staff, police officers, volunteers and our community safety partnerships we will continue to deliver a high quality service to our communities to ensure Aylesbury Vale remains a safe place. The top priority is to stop crime being committed, but when it is committed we will do everything we can to identify the offenders and bring them to justice."

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: "I am delighted that Aylesbury Vale have seen a drop in overall crime this year and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication. As one of my key priorities I am particularly pleased to see a reduction in domestic burglary."

Jon McGinty, Chairman of the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership, said: "These figures are very encouraging and show the success we are having across the district. However, we won't rest on our laurels. The partnership continues to seek new ways to ensure Aylesbury Vale remains a safe and cohesive community."

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