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. 

 

 

Achieving Social Inclusion Across Warwick District

Achieving Social Inclusion across Warwick District

Earlier this year,  a steering group convened by Warwick District Council commissioned the Observatory to produce an index to assess the scale and distribution of social exclusion in Warwick District. This evidence base will support the District and other partner agencies in reviewing their approach to improving social inclusion.

With the need to understand the geographical spread of social exclusion issues, our analysis focuses on spatial data.  However, there was also a recognised need to understand where specific themes may require more attention than others; therefore, the analysis is based upon producing a model that describes social exclusion at a local level whilst also identifying overarching themes that require district-wide attention.

The 53 indicators used in the index were grouped into the following 7 themes:

  • Isolation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Children and Young People
  • Income and Labour Market
  • Housing and Homes
  • Crime and Community Safety
  • Communities of Interest

The map and table below show the top ten areas that are most socially excluded across Warwick District according to this bespoke index.

Index of Social ExclusionLillington East in Crown ward is the most socially excluded area on the index. It is the worst performing area for two of the seven themes (Income and Labour Market and Children and Young People) and features in the top ten for five of the seven indicators. This area exhibits a wide range of exclusion related issues rather than a handful of problems which exist elsewhere.

Map of social exclusionOne of the benefits of producing the index at a very local level is areas are identified that may have been previously masked when looking at data at a higher level.  This is the case for the two Sydenham areas (ranked 3rd and 4th on the index) which sit within Willes ward. Sydenham North is the worst performing area in the District for two themes (Health & Wellbeing and Communities of Interest) and both areas have a diverse population in terms of the proportion of residents born abroad and ethnicity.

Half of the areas in the top 10 are in Brunswick ward. Stoneleigh is the first rural area to feature on the index as the 8th most socially excluded area in the District.

For more of the key messages and to access the report, please click on the link below:

Warwick District Social Exclusion Index Report

Warwick District Social Exclusion Index Appendices

The steering group have created a short project feedback survey for the Social Inclusion Index work.  Please could you spare a few minutes to let us have your feedback on the work and how you plan to use it by clicking on the link below:

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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

Crime, Recovery and Treatment

It has been suggested that drug users are more likely than non-users to commit criminal offences.

Research studies have found that acquisitive crime such as stealing is commonly linked to offenders of these crime types testing positive for drug use. Treatment for drug using offenders has been measured using a Value For Money (VFM) tool, which demonstrates that crime falls and health improves when people are in drug treatment.

A report has been produced, focusing on drug related criminal activities across Warwickshire for 2012/13. A link to this report can be found below.

Crime, Recovery & Treatment in Warwickshire 2012-13

Cyber Crime – An emerging issue nationally and locally…..

cybercrimeThe Warwickshire Community Safety Partnership Analysts have just completed the Strategic Assessment process for the Community Safety Partnerships.

One issue/risk that emerges from the assessments is Cyber Crime. This type of crime  is on the increase nationally; however it is largely under reported and it is difficult to determine how to record it.

Currently offences are being reported to Police who then refer the victim to Action Fraud who will then disseminate the information to the relevant Police Force, where it may or may not be detected and crimed.

Several key issues have emerged from the assessments:

  • Firstly the definition of cyber crime needs to be measured. This is very difficult to do as it can cover all types of crime such as stalking, threats, bullying, fraud, domestic violence and abuse, hate crime and theft to name a few. However, it is important to have a definition of what it is in order to record cyber crime correctly.
  • It then becomes important to record these crimes and gain a detection rate. Once figures are released on cyber crime detection rates, it is worth noting that it will take a couple of years for figures to settle down and become more accurate, due to delays in recording and teething issues with new systems and new ways of recording.
  • Furthermore, due to this being a ‘new crime’ there needs to be new ways of working, however with this comes cost implications on Police forces to update their crime recording systems and resources.
  • It is also important to raise the awareness of cyber crime and look to schools/colleges, agencies and partnerships on how to raise awareness to the public on how they can protect computer-based equipment and information from unintended or unauthorised access from outside parties.

Until these issues are addressed it is not possible to determine the scope of the problem of Cyber Crime in Warwickshire. It is currently an intelligence gap within the county which we hope will be addressed at a national level. When we have sight of some local statistics we will publish them via this blog.