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.

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

The State of Stratford-on-Avon: Presentation to the Local Strategic Partnership

This morning, the Observatory gave a ‘State of the District’ presentation to the Stratford-on-Avon Local Strategic Partnership.  The presentation, put together with Stratford-on-Avon District Council, provided an overview of some of the key demographic, social and economic drivers affecting the district.

While emphasising that in broad terms the district continues to be an extremely desirable place to live and work, the presentation identified a series of issues that local partners might want to prioritise for attention over the next few years. It highlighted the pressures facing an ageing population, the mismatch between job vacancy types and the occupations jobseekers are looking for, housing affordability for the low paid and the extent of relative inequality that exists in certain parts of the district.

The presentation was followed by a number of workshops where partners were asked to identify future priorities for the district.

The slides can be viewed below, or for a pdf version containing the speaker notes please click here.

For more information on the material presented contact Spencer Payne at the Observatory (  For more details on the work of the LSP, visit their website or contact Jenny Murray (

Presenting data in new ways: Horizon Charts

As it becomes easier to access an increasingly broad range of publicly-available data, one of the challenges for us within the Observatory is to try and help make sense of large datasets and present statistics in a way that communicates key messages effectively.  This blog article presents an alternative way of illustrating large volumes of trend data, using unemployment to demonstrate the approach.  We’d appreciate your views on whether this is a useful technique.

Unemployment is one of the key datasets we monitor in the Observatory and our analysis of the trends (often at the very local level) feeds into a wide range of needs assessment work.  The volume of data on this topic is huge; figures are released every month, broken down into age groups, sex, length of unemployment and all available as both volumes and rates.

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Quality of Life 2011/12 Report – Feedback Survey

The Quality of Life 2011/12 Report, produced by Warwickshire Observatory in October last year, uses analysis of a range of trends and indicators to provide an assessment of the quality of life experienced by residents in Warwickshire, and also assesses how these have changed over time.

The report’s findings contribute to our evidence base needed for the development, monitoring and review of policy and decision making.

We are now turning our attention to this year’s report, and we’d really like to hear your views around how useful and relevant the report is for you, how you use it in your work, and also get your thoughts around aspects such as the design, layout, etc.

We’ve produced a short on-line survey and would be grateful if you could spend 10 minutes completing it for us, by the Friday 11th May. Your views will help shape our work on quality of life this year. The survey can be accessed by clicking on this link >

If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to look at the Report it can be accessed by following this link >

 Thank you for your time.

Examining the gap in school attainment levels (part 2)

Last week we explored the differences in school attainment levels amongst pupil groups, particularly those claiming Free School Meals and those that do not.  In a follow up to that analysis, we have examined the variations in GCSE attainment geographically, specifically comparing our 30 Locality areas.

Our graphic updates some analysis presented in the most recent Quality of Life in Warwickshire Report, and illustrates the percentage of Key Stage 4 pupils in each area obtaining five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and Maths.  It clearly demonstrates the variations in attainment that exist, geographically, across the county.  For example, pupils living in the Kenilworth Locality area were nearly twice as likely as those living in Bede & Poplar, in Bedworth, to obtain good GCSEs (78% and 42% respectively).

In terms of geographical clusters it is fair to say that, in broad terms, the Localities based in North Warwickshire and Nuneaton & Bedworth boroughs have lower attainment levels than those based in Warwick and, particularly, Stratford-on-Avon districts.  There are exceptions though; Weddington & St. Nicolas in Nuneaton is the second highest performing Locality in the county and reflects a trend that we have seen many times before, namely that variations within an individual town can be almost as significant as variations across the entire county.

We have also produced a map to illustrate the data on a geographical basis.

Please contact either the Observatory ( or the Commissioning Support Service ( for further details.