Crime and disorder

Content last reviewed:  April 2017

Serious Acquisitive Crime (SAC)

Figure 1: Recorded serious acquisitive crime November 15 - October 16

Figure 1: Recorded serious acquisitive crime November 15 - October 16.

Between November 2015 - October 2016 there were 3330 [1] SAC [2] offences in Central Bedfordshire recorded by Bedfordshire Police.   This is a 7% increase on the previous 12 months.   Central Bedfordshire is estimated to have a population of 274,000 3], on current levels per annum there are 12.15 SAC offences per 1000 population.

During this time period robbery offences have increased by 25%. Between November 2015 - October 2016 there were 153 recorded offences compared to 122 during the same time period in the previous 12 months.

Domestic burglary offences have increased by 22% with 1010 offences recorded between November 2015 - October 2016 compared to 825 in the previous 12 months.

Theft of Motor Vehicle offences have decreased by 17% with 376 offences recorded between November 2015 - October 2016 compared to 455 in the previous 12 months.

Theft from Motor Vehicle offences have increased by 4% with 1791 offences recorded between November 2015 - October 2016 compared to 1723 in the previous 12 months.

Domestic Burglary

Domestic burglary was one of three priorities [4] for the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) in 2014 – 15 and the partnership has so far done the following to look to reduce the number of domestic burglary and SAC offences:

  • Operation Cocoon is a crime prevention and reassurance activity following a residential burglary.  Officers visit the victim and their immediate neighbours to talk about crime prevention and how to secure properties effectively.  
  • “Pride In” is a community engagement and environmental clear up operation within a vulnerable area.  These events are a joint partnership and community approach to deal with specific community and environmental issues. The CSP engages with local residents and businesses to provide support and works together to build confidence in the area.
  • Over the winter of 2013 the CSP produced a “Good Neighbour” postcard which has been distributed at a number of community events.  The postcard encourages people to look out for their neighbours and to consider joining a local “good neighbour” scheme. This scheme is still ongoing and is distributed at events by the Community Engagement Officer.
  • Operation Fidelity run by Bedfordshire Police is to reduce the opportunities for offenders to commit burglaries in Bedfordshire. It has 4 strands:
  • Pursue: Disrupting, arresting and prosecuting those who commit burglary.
  • Prevent: Raising awareness of dwelling burglary.
  • Protect: Safeguarding people and properties who are potentially vulnerable victims
  • Prepare: Providing strong leadership, effective systems and working with partners to tackle domestic burglary 

 

 

References

[1] Crime data is provided to the CSP Analyst monthly by Bedfordshire Police

[2] Serious acquisitive crime is the collective name for the following crimes; personal robbery, domestic burglary, theft of motor vehicle and theft from motor vehicle.

[3] 2015 mid year estimate published by the Office for National Statistics

[4] The CSP priorities for 2014 -15 were – Reducing the number of victims of ASB and supporting those who are most vulnerable, reducing the number of victims of domestic abuse and supporting those who are most vulnerable and reducing domestic burglary.


Last updated Thursday, 27th April 2017