Crime statistics for Chiltern, broken down by the four sub-areas Chesham, Amersham, the Chalfonts and the Missendens, are available and updated monthly on the Police.UK website.
To explore the Crime Map data, follow the links:
Below we take some of this data and present it in graphical form. We shall update it ahead of each priority setting cycle, and hope that it will be helpful as guidance in priority setting surveys and meetings. There are limitations, though. Crimes are placed in 14 categories which do not mirror the priorities in our survey. Also, data relating to speeding and parking are not captured, and we know from our surveys that these are matters of particular concern to residents. Similarly, another category of high concern, cyber crime and fraud, is recorded elsewhere. Nonetheless, we feel it provides useful context.
Overall reported crime trends by area, 2016-2019
Incidences of Crime ranked by Category, 2017-2019
Below we show incidences of reported crime ranked by category. For more than a year, Violence against a person and sexual offences has been the most prevalent form of crime. Anti-social behaviour generally ranks towards the top of reported crime. To an extent this is because these are ‘catch-all’ categories: ‘violence against a person’ can include everything from name-calling to murder; anti-social behaviour also covers a lot of offences and behaviours. ‘Other theft’ includes theft from a person, robbery, bicycle theft, shoplifting – in fact all theft outside those reported as Burglary.
It is a good thing that Drugs and Weapons Possession are consistently towards the bottom of the list. The fact that they tend to rank higher in our priority surveys reflects the fear of these things, the potential harm they can cause, and the fact that they can be triggers for other forms of crime.
Reported Burglaries, 2017-2019
Burglary is regularly the greatest concern expressed within the Priority surveys, and has therefore been a ‘top 3’ priority since the inception of Chiltern Community Forum.
Reported Drug Crimes, 2017-2019
We are fortunate that reported drug crimes within Chiltern are relatively low. To judge from survey comments, this would not necessarily chime with the sentiment of some residents. And with drug and alcohol abuse frequently being a causatory factor for other crimes, Drug Dealing and Misuse was made a top 3 priority at the September, November, February and May Forum meetings. We were told to expect the crime numbers to rise as a result of greater enforcement, and we hope that this is what is reflected in the rise in stats over the past 9 months or so.
Rogue Traders and Scams was made a priority at the September 2019 meeting. Police.uk does not publish area crime stats on this subject, but if someone can suggest a source, we shall be very glad to investigate.
Other Significant Trends
Antisocial Behaviour Trends, 2016-2019
There is a distinct seasonal pattern to reported Antisocial Behaviour crimes. This suggests that loutish behaviour tends to increase with longer daylight hours. ASB was made a priority in anticipation of this pattern, and specific concerns expressed in the February survey. It was, however, replaced by Rogue Traders and Scams in May 2019.
Public Order Offences, 2016-2019
The graph of reported public order offences makes for slightly disconcerting viewing. One the one hand, it seems to share some of the seasonal characteristics of AntiSocial Behaviour. But on the other hand, there does appear to be an upward trend and some raised figures in summer 2019.
Reported Violence and Sexual Assault Crimes, 2017-2019
Violence and Sexual Assault tends to be the most frequently reported crime, and it is concerning to see that overall numbers remain at the upper end of the range.
Reported Weapon Possession Crimes, 2017-2019
Chiltern does not seem to have an epidemic of weapons possession, but Knife Crime was made a priority in November 2018 to encourage prevention and education work with young people and in schools. It was replaced as a top 3 priority in February 2019 while the rest of the UK was being put on red alert for knife crime. This was an informed decision, reflecting evidence of the previous 3 months, work being done particularly by Schools and Youth Liaison Officer PC Claire Annison, and force-wide initiatives. Of course, it is important not to be complacent…
Reported Criminal Damage and Arson 2017-2019
Reported Vehicle Crimes, 2017-2019