Police pledge action as crime shoots up in Iffley

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Burglaries, vehicle thefts, and drugs possession have all seen an increase in Iffley in the past 12 months.

But police have vowed work is well under way to tackle areas of crime.

Overall total crime in Iflley is up 15.5 per cent with incidents increasing from 317 in 2010/2011 to 366 last year.

The biggest increases were seen in burglary of dwellings, which is up 147 per cent – from 19 incidents to 47 – followed by criminal damage to dwellings – from seven to 13 incidents. The figures were recorded between April 2011 and March 2012.

Insp Matt Coburn said the number of burglaries had fallen in the Iffley area since April, with neighbourhood officers being employed to tackle hotspots.

He added: “Successful work on a small number of burglars can have a big impact and if we see an increase we remind residents to react by improving security.”

Insp Coburn said the neighbourhood area suffered the “background radiation” of car crime but added that car crime for criminals was not as lucrative as it used to be.

Cracking down on graffiti and other environmental crime was crucial, the inspector added.

He said: “If you allow environmental crime to soil a neighbourhood you will lose because people will have no pride in their community.

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“You need to be quick to tackle noise nuisance, graffiti and overflowing bins, get in there quick, and show people it is not acceptable. I want to make this neighbourhood the safest neighbourhood in the city.”

Oxford city councillor David Williams said more work was still needed in the area. He said: “Any rise in crime is a real concern for the community. It can destroy people’s lives and the consequences from that can be horrendous.”

“The Neighbourhood Action Group have been doing a good job at identifying where crimes are taking place.

“We have got to ask Chief Constable Sara Thornton to redouble efforts.

“Perhaps the double dip recession can explain the relationship between crime and people losing jobs. It is our responsibility to try to stop this.”

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8:22am Thu 30 Aug 12

Geoff Roberts says...

Correction: Reported crime. It my be that crime hasn't gone up, it may be that more crime is being reported! This could be an all important point which people keep missing. The police don't actually know how much crime is really committed, they rely on people reporting it. It could be that for some reason more people are reporting certain crimes. Although it's likely that certain crimes are always reported for insurance purposes at least but crimes like bicycle theft are woefully under reported in my experience so it's entirely possible that bicycle theft has gone down or up but no-one will actually know.

If Oxford Mail reporters could start writing about reported crime that would help, otherwise I think it can have the effect of scaremongering and sensationalising these stories.
Correction: Reported crime. It my be that crime hasn't gone up, it may be that more crime is being reported! This could be an all important point which people keep missing. The police don't actually know how much crime is really committed, they rely on people reporting it. It could be that for some reason more people are reporting certain crimes. Although it's likely that certain crimes are always reported for insurance purposes at least but crimes like bicycle theft are woefully under reported in my experience so it's entirely possible that bicycle theft has gone down or up but no-one will actually know. If Oxford Mail reporters could start writing about reported crime that would help, otherwise I think it can have the effect of scaremongering and sensationalising these stories. Geoff Roberts

8:26am Thu 30 Aug 12

Geoff Roberts says...

I'd also suggest that much of this crime could be caused by children and teenagers, often passing through. I'm definitely noticing a worsening of behaviour, people are afraid or not bothered about challenging bad behaviour (not just from children and teenagers) and so we're becoming desensitised to it in order to cope but it's taking a hold.
I'd also suggest that much of this crime could be caused by children and teenagers, often passing through. I'm definitely noticing a worsening of behaviour, people are afraid or not bothered about challenging bad behaviour (not just from children and teenagers) and so we're becoming desensitised to it in order to cope but it's taking a hold. Geoff Roberts

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