Crime in Wiltshire rises - and Commissioner seeks increased funding
Recorded crime has risen by 8.8 per cent in Wiltshire in comparison to an increase of 6.5 per cent across England and Wales, according to figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The rise is said to be due to continuing efforts by Wiltshire Police and other forces to improve the consistency of crime recording and also to the increased confidence of victims to report sexual offences.
Of the 43 forces in England and Wales, 33 have shown an increase in recorded crime.
The ONS statistics relate to the 12 months from October 2014 to September 2015 compared to the previous 12 month period. The increase of 8.8 per cent in the Wiltshire Police area equates to 2,830 crimes with an overall total of 34,959 crimes recorded.
Meanwhile the Police and Crime Commissioner's consultation on an increase in the police's part of the monthly council tax bill in Wiltshire for 2016-2017 is still open. Commissioner Macpherson wants an increase of 1.9 per cent - equivalent to an extra £3.12 a year for the average band D property.
The consultation ends at 10.00am on Tuesday, February 2. You can have your say on this proposal at the Commissioner's website.