Worst crime figures in 3 years followed by the lowest ever!
It’s been a roller coaster couple of months for the crime in the village. April saw nearly the highest number of reported crimes since records began, while May saw the lowest!
First the good news! May’s figures, just published, reveal just 54 crimes reported in the parish – the lowest since the police crime mapping figures were first published in December 2010.
The improved figures came about in spite of the spate of diesel thefts and yobs targeting local lamp posts throughout May, and coincided with the relaunch of the Neighbourhood Action Group.
But April’s was among the worst ever.
116 crimes were reported – a level of crime not seen since Colnbrook’s crime wave in Summer 2011 when a peak of 135 crimes in a single month was seen, double normal levels. Anti-social behaviour, vehicle crime and criminal damage were all far higher than usual.
|March 2014||April 2014||May 2014||2013 Average|
|Criminal Damage and arson||11||16||8||9|
|Possession of weapons||0||0||1||1|
|Theft from the person||0||0||1||1|
|Violence & Sexual Offences||15||14||10||7|
And while Thames Valley trumpeted news of a burglary-free day across the whole of Slough on April 15, for the month as a whole Colnbrook saw a higher than average 15 burglaries.
Crime statistics were stripped of official recognition by the Office of National Statistics earlier this year but, for once, they do not seem to differ (wildly) from the view reported by local police.
PCSO Chris Davis reported to the Parish Council on June 3 that motor theft was down by 50% for the last month [May] and that there had been three burglaries from dwellings. Actually, there were 6 burglaries, but vehicle crime was down from 26 in April to just 2 in May – the lowest ever recorded.
Anti-social behaviour continues to be the most reported crime in the parish and one of the top three priorities for the neighbourhood policing team, along with tackling burglary.
While February’s anti-social behaviour count has been revised significantly downwards without explanation (from 31 down to 20 incidents), March and April saw 27 and 22 incidents respectively. The average for the whole of last year was 13 per month.
The recent scourge of diesel theft doesn’t seem to be quite over yet either.
There was another report of diesel theft in the village last weekend. Between 10pm Sunday night and 6am Monday morning a “large amount” of diesel was stolen from 3 HGVs and a van at the Galleymead Road Industrial Estate, Poyle.
Police are also on the hunt for somebody for a very different reason. They are looking for a member of the community to chair the rebooted NAG. Anyone interested should contact the Neighbourhood team on ColnbrookPoyleFoxboroughNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or by phoning 101.
The next meeting of the NAG will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Ditton Road, Langley on August 14.