Crime in Rural Areas of Warwickshire

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Crime in rural areas in Warwickshire has been analysed in an attempt to understand what crime in a rural area is and whether certain crime types are increasing or reducing in these rural areas, and what is being done to tackle it.

The report examines rural locations in Warwickshire by output area only. Rural locations account for 75% of North Warwickshire Borough, 0% of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, 25% of Rugby Borough, 13% of Warwick District and 77% of Stratford District. Overall, one third of Warwickshire is classified as rural.

There has been an overall reduction of crime in a rural area in Warwickshire of 3% when comparing March 2013 to April 2014 to the same period in 2012/13.

To read the full report, please click on the graphic.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement 2014 – 2017


The ObseFront Cover CSAv2rvatory have contributed and helped to produce the new aligned Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement.

It is believed it is the first of its kind in the country! The document shows how Warwickshire agencies will work together to tackle crime and improve community safety.


Find the full report here…..

Aligned Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement


Warwickshire Key Statistics – Victims of Crime

A report of Warwickshire Key Statistics – Victims of Crime has been produced for the Office of the Police CriFront Cover for blogme
Commissioner. The report examines Warwickshire victim data for the period of 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 which includes key findings from an analysis of Warwickshire Police and various victim support based agencies’ data.

The report provides an analysis by:

  • District and borough
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Crime type
  • Age

along with a typical victim profile for each district and borough in Warwickshire as shown below.
Victim Profiles


To read the full report, please click on the picture above. 



Violent Crime is Reducing in Warwickshire

Analysis has been conducted on violent crime (violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery offences) in Warwickshire between January and December 2013 and reveals that violent crime in Warwickshire is reducing, which Warwickshire Violence Brieffollows the overall national trend for England and Wales.

Analysis suggests that violent crime is more likely to be reported in town centre locations in the county within the weekend night time economy, however overall non-town centre violence has seen a slight increase (1%).

The report includes the proportion of violent crime broken down by district and borough.

The link to the report can be found below. (Please note that this may take a while to load)

Warwickshire Violent Crime Analysis Brief

How happy/satisfied/anxious are we in Warwickshire?

There is an increasing interest in trying to understand trends in well-being and, particularly in the current climate, assessing non-financial measures of happiness.

A national survey undertaken by the Office for National Statistics includes responses from around 165,000 aged 16 and over and resident in households in the United Kingdom and just under 700 households in Warwickshire.  Four questions were asked:

1. Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
2. Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
3. Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
4. Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?

In last year’s Quality of Life report, we reported that Warwickshire scored below the national average on these well-being indicators.  Despite the county performing consistently above national averages on many social and economic measures, the results of last year’s national well-being survey suggested that Warwickshire’s residents were notably less happy and satisfied than most other parts of the country.

However, the 2012/13 data suggest this is no longer the case as the county performs above the national average for most aspects of well-being (see below).


Looking at these figures in slightly more detail, we see that 81% of Warwickshire’s residents rated their ‘life satisfaction’ as at least seven out of ten.  Across the UK as a whole, 77% rated their life satisfaction as at least seven out of ten.

Similarly, 75% of Warwickshire residents rated themselves as seven out of ten or more on the question ‘overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?’  Nationally, the comparative figure was 72%.

Warwickshire is considerably less anxious than the national average according to the 2012/13 results. One in five (20%) Warwickshire residents rated themselves as at least seven out of ten in terms of anxiety.  However, the UK figure is nearly twice that at 39%.

This year, the survey results have been released at a district/borough level (although it is worth bearing in mind that the confidence intervals at this level are much higher and therefore the figures should be treated with some degree of caution). At a district level, residents in Stratford-on-Avon District are reported to be the ‘happiest’ in the county while residents in Nuneaton and Bedworth are the most satisfied with their life. The full results of the survey for Warwickshire’s districts and boroughs are shown in the chart below:


ONS have found the biggest drivers of life satisfaction are people’s employment status, their health, and their relationships (in terms of their marital status). Insofar as ONS have been able to explain differences between local authority areas in the life satisfaction levels of their residents, they find differences between areas reflect the circumstances of the people who live there and whether the area is urban or rural; living in a rural area has a positive association with people’s satisfaction.

There will, of course, be considerable variation in well-being within local authorities, at the neighbourhood level. Look out for the release of the latest Quality of Life report which looks at local modelled data released by DCLG in more detail for Warwickshire.

For more information on the well-being data from the Annual Population Survey, see the ONS website.

Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2012/13 Annual Report Published…..

Today Warwickshire Observatory publishes the annual Quality of Life report which provides a detailed look at the people, places and communities in our county. The report is an assessment of the demographic, social, economic and environmental themes that all play a part in influencing our residents’ quality of life.  Some of the issues are easier to influence than others, but the purpose of the report is to provide decision makers with the analysis they need to make more informed choices, and to give all staff in the council a better understanding of the communities that we serve in Warwickshire.

We are always looking at ways to improve the Quality of Life Report and the main innovation this year has been to provide a tool to view and analyse many of the datasets included in the report at a very local level. Throughout the report, you will see the ‘Interactive Map’ icon,  which allows you to examine local data on particular themes through our Instant Atlas tool. This feature also allows downloading of the raw data for each indicator so that you can carry out your own analysis, should you wish to.

This year we have seen some interesting changes, for example where trends may now have reached a turning point and are starting to shift, and where there is little evidence to suggest that inequalities are shrinking.

To find out more please click on the link below to be taken to the report.

2012-13 Quality of Life Report

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Troubled Families Programme – Work Progressing in Warwickshire

The Troubled Families programme is a new initiative led by Communities and Local Government (CLG) to ‘turn around’ 120,000 families nationally over the next three years. Significant funding is being made available to local partnerships to address a range of social and economic issues affecting households.

The Observatory has been commissioned to collate the data on behalf of the partnership group leading this work in Warwickshire. We are currently at the stage where we are collecting datasets from our partner agencies that meet the criteria as laid out in the framework document for the Troubled Families project.

In Warwickshire the project is in its early stages of identifying the households that meet this criteria. We already have strong links with our partner agencies which are helping in the task of pulling together key datasets for the project. It is an exciting new project for the Observatory and one that is enabling us to work much closer with partner agencies.

As you would expect the actual detail of the work is confidential but we will share updates here on how the project is progressing when possible.