Crime rates fall in Stroud, new figures show

Crime has fallen over the last year in Stroud, official police records reveal.

Gloucestershire Constabulary recorded 4,712 offences in Stroud in the 12 months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That was a decrease of 4% compared to the previous year, when there were 4,926.

At 39 crimes per 1,000 people, that was far lower than the rate across England and Wales, which stood at 81.3.

Crimes recorded in Stroud included:

146 sexual offences, a decrease of 18%

1,945 violent offences, a rise of 2%

623 incidents of criminal damage and arson, down 5%

198 drug offences, up 16%

29 possession of weapons such as firearms or knives, down 12

373 public order offences, down 12%

1,226 theft offences, down 13%

659 stalking and harassment offences, up 13%

Around 5.8 million offences were recorded across England and Wales in the year to June – in line with the previous year – though there was a 3% decrease to 4.9 million offences when excluding fraud and computer misuse.

Nick Stripe, head of crime statistics at the ONS, said the figures showed overall reductions in the reporting and recording of many crime types during periods of lockdown.

However, reports of fraud and hacking continued to rise – something the ONS previously suggested was due to criminals taking advantage of behavioural changes during the pandemic, while many took to online shopping amid lockdowns when there were restrictions on movement.

But the figures show 61,158 rapes were recorded across England and Wales in the 12 months to June – the highest recorded annual figure to date, and up by 10% from 55,779 the year before.

The second-highest number of sexual offences was also recorded over the period (164,763) – an 8% increase on the previous year.

The ONS urged caution when interpreting the data.

Mr Stripe added: “The rise could be due to an increase in victim reporting as lockdowns eased, an increase in the number of victims, or to an increase in victims’ willingness to report incidents, potentially as a result of high-profile cases and campaigns in recent times.”

Jeffrey DeMarco, assistant director at the charity Victim Support, said: “Much more needs to be done urgently to tackle both these offences and to ensure that those who come forward and report them are able to access justice.”

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