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Crime

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of violence against the person were reported in Milton Keynes in each year between 1997 and 2006. (91664)

Milton Keynes is a Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area (CDRP). Data at CDRP level are available from 1999-2000 and the statistics are given in the following tables.

Table 1: Recorded offences of violence against the person in the Milton Keynes Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area–1999-2000 to 2001-02

Number of offences

1999-2000

1,790

2000-01

2,060

2001-02

2,387

Note:

Expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules came into effect on 1 April 1998. The figures in this table are therefore not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

Table 2: Recorded offences of violence against the person in the Milton Keynes Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area–2002-03 to 2005-06Number of offences2002-033,2572003-043,5122004-054,8812005-065,373 Note:The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to reduce the number of vehicle break-ins in Milton Keynes. (91666)

Vehicle crime, including both theft of and theft from motor vehicles, is addressed in the Milton Keynes Community Safety Partnership's (CSP) overall strategy for crime reduction, which is supported by a detailed Police Basic Command Unit (BCU) Crime Reduction Plan. The CSP continues to target vehicle crime through enforcement, prevention, intelligence and communication.

Police operations have been targeted both at known offenders and at those areas where offences have been committed. These have been supported by regular dedicated automatic number plate recognition operations and the daily use of this technology by the Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Department in the Milton Keynes area. The CSP has also made effective use of CCTV, and has both a fixed and a mobile capability to target known ‘hotspot’ locations.

There are currently 45 adult offenders on the Milton Keynes Prolific and Priority Offenders scheme, receiving intensive supervision by both the police and probation service. Of these, 23 have offending histories of, or current links to, vehicle crime.

The CSP and police have undertaken a number of actions to raise awareness of vehicle crime and advise the public on how to protect their property. For instance, as more than 20 per cent. of vehicle crime in Milton Keynes since January 2006 has been associated with satellite navigation systems, specific communications activity has taken place to raise public awareness and reduce offending opportunities. In the longer term the partnership continues to seek to improve the overall security of its car parks.

At a national level, officials have produced a crime prevention leaflet on the internet aimed specifically at theft of satellite navigation devices and have liaised with four of the biggest manufacturers, resulting in the introduction of improved security features in a number of devices that have recently come on the market.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicle break-ins were recorded in Milton Keynes in each year between 1997 and 2006. (91667)

Milton Keynes is a Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area (CDRP) and data at CDRP level are available from 1999-2000.

The Home Office does not collect statistics specifically relating to ‘vehicle break-ins’. Such offences would be included within the recorded crime classification of ‘theft from a vehicle’ and figures for this offence are provided in the following tables. However, it is not possible to identify the method by which property is removed i.e. whether a vehicle was actually broken into in order to obtain property.

Table 1: Recorded offences of theft from a vehicle in the Milton Keynes Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area—1999-2000 to 2001-02

Number of offences

1999-2000

4,161

2000-01

2,394

2001-02

2,960

Note:

Expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules came into effect on 1 April 1998. The figures in this table are therefore not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

Table 2: Recorded offences of theft from a vehicle in the Milton Keynes Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area—2002-03 to 2005-06

Number of offences

2002-03

2,533

2003-04

2,382

2004-05

2,555

2005-06

2,334

Note:

The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of crime levels in communities in West Bromwich in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07. (92679)

[holding answer 11 October 2006]: Information specifically for West Bromwich is not collected centrally. West Bromwich comes within the Sandwell Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area. In 2005-06, there were 28,619 offences recorded in Sandwell which represents a fall of 5 per cent. over the previous year. Information for 2006-07 is not yet available.