Reducing Acquisitive and Violent Crime

Burglary Dwelling

Charnwood suffered its highest rate in three years for Burglary Dwellings in 2009/10. These burglaries account for around 8% of all crime that occurs in the borough.

Beat breakdown highlights that Loughborough has the two main hot spots for Burglary Dwelling – in the Storer Road Area, and also in the Hasting/Lemyngton Ward. However, there have also been concerns for locations that are close to Leicester City, such as Anstey, Birstall and Syston – these areas have maintained/seen increases in Burglary incidents.

The seasonal trends differ for the Loughborough area to the South Charnwood policing unit. The key peaks in Loughborough between October and December are influenced by the student population in the area.

Progress as at the end of November 2011 is 33% reduction

Vehicle Crime

Theft of Motor Vehicles has reduced considerably over the year. Theft from Motor Vehicles also saw figures at their lowest in three years. However, Vehicle Crime still accounts for almost 9% of crime in Charnwood, and is the most problematic of the Serious Acquisitive Crimes.

Progress as at the end of November 2011 is 22.8% reduction for Theft from Motor Vehicle and 21.6% reduction for Theft of a Motor Vehicle

Violent Crime

Although significant reductions have been noted in Charnwood Borough year-on-year violence against the person accounts for 7.8% of all crime in the borough and Assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) accounts for 36% of that total. The areas that remain worst affected include Loughborough Town Centre, Loughborough Hastings Ward, Shepshed and Syston.

Loughborough Town Centre is the main location where ABHs are noted, accounting for 18.4% of this type of violent crime in Charnwood Borough.

The incidents occurring in the town centre are especially influenced by the night-time economy, which is concentrated in this area. The main streets affected are High Street, Swan Street, Biggin Street and Market Street. These offences peak on Thursday, Friday, and especially Saturday evenings between midnight and 04:00hrs. Offences peak in June, and then begin to subside, until another peak in November.

53% of incidents are flagged as being alcohol-related, but it is thought that this figure is actually much higher since specific recording of influencing factors can be missed.

Progress as at the end of November 2011 is 24.4% reduction for Serious Violent Crime and 18.9% reduction for Assault With Less Serious Injury

Domestic Abuse

“Domestic Abuse involves the misuse of power and is based on a range of controlling behaviours, which can include: physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse where the abuser is known to that person through an existing or past relationship. Domestic Abuse can occur in any relationship, including same-sex relationships and within family networks”.

2009/10 has seen no change in the level of reported domestic crime compared to the previous year. Almost 73% of incidents are assaults, of which 45% of all ABH offences are domestic violence related. The other incidents tend to be linked to damage caused during the dispute, and theft of property by ex-partners