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


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:


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

In the news – Warwickshire’s Quality of Life 2013/14 report


Following the publication of Warwickshire’s Quality of Life report earlier this week, find out more information on the report by watching the following video:

Also the report featured on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Breakfast Show on Thursday 7th November.  Three of WCC’s Members, Cllr Cockburn, Cllr Tandy and Cllr Gifford also discussed how the report would impact on the political landscape and influence decisions made across the county.

If you want to listen to the breakfast show, it’s available on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s website.

(Andy Davis, the Warwickshire Observatory’s manager talks about the report around 5 minutes 40 seconds and WCC’s three elected Members discuss some of the issues raised at around 1 hour 7 minutes)

Alternatively, listen to the below Audioboo which focuses on Andy discussing the report:


New rural-urban classification for 2011 Census data

A new way of classifying 2011 Census data is now available from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which makes it 2011 Census Logopossible to identify the characteristics of Warwickshire’s rural and urban communities. The classification allows summary outputs to be produced by either rural or urban areas down to local authority level.

The new way of classifying the data reveals that:

  • Warwickshire’s rural population is generally older than its urban areas; the median age of the county’s urban population is 39 compared with 45 for rural areas. The proportion of people aged 65 or over in rural areas is 21% while in urban areas it is 17%.
  • People in rural areas of the county are more likely to be married; around one third of people aged 16+ are married in Warwickshire’s rural areas compared with a quarter of the urban population.
  • The ethnic background of the population in urban areas is typically more diverse than rural areas. Additionally, urban areas tend to have a higher proportion of non-UK born residents.
  • A higher proportion of homes are owned outright in rural areas – almost 40% compared with 32% in urban areas. Rates of home ownership with a mortgage are broadly similar but private renting is higher in urban areas.
  • Car ownership is generally higher in rural areas; around 89% of households own at least one car in rural areas compared with 79% in urban areas. Addtioinally, households in rural areas typically own more cars with proportionally higher numbers of 2, 3 and 4 car households.

The rural-urban split in 2011 Census data is available for key and quick statistics from the Nomis website. For further enquiries about 2011 Census data please contact the Observatory on

Release of 2011 Conception Statistics

pregnancyThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the 2011 conception statistics for England and Wales this week. The findings are positive, with the figures indicating that the national teenage conception rate is falling. The following headlines summarise the report:

  • The under 18 conception rate for 2011 is the lowest since 1969 at 30.9 conceptions per thousand women aged 15–17.
  • The estimated number of conceptions to women aged under 18 also fell to 31,051 in 2011 compared with 34,633 in 2010, a decrease of 10%.
  • The estimated number of conceptions to girls aged under 16 was 5,991 in 2011, compared with 6,674 in 2010 (a fall of 10%).
  • In 2011 there were an estimated 909,109 conceptions, compared with 909,245 in 2010, a decrease of less than 0.1%.
  • Conception rates in 2011 increased for women aged 30 years and over, stayed the same for women aged 25–29 and decreased for women aged under 25 years.

The picture in Warwickshire

In Warwickshire, the conception rate per 1,000 women has remained lower than both the national and regional averages since 2009. The percentage of all conceptions leading to abortion has remained comparable with the national figure for the same time period, but has been consistently lower than the regional figure.

The under 18 conception rate for Warwickshire remains similar to the national average, and the rate for 2011 is the lowest on record at 30.9 conceptions per 1,000 of the under 18 female population. However, there is inequality within the county, with the rate for 2011 ranging from 24.3 in Rugby to 43.2 in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

The percentage of under 18 conceptions leading to abortion remains marginally higher than the national percentage, at 51.2%, compared with 49.3%. Again, there is inequality within the county on this figure, with the highest proportion being in Warwick (56.5%) and the lowest in North Warwickshire (43.8%).

There is variation on under 16 conception statistics within Warwickshire. Whilst the national rate is 6.7 conceptions per 1,000 of the under 16 female population, the rate is highest in Nuneaton and Bedworth, with 10.6 conceptions. The lowest rate is seen in Stratford, with 3.4 conceptions per 1,000.

The full report can be downloaded here.