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Crime increase is down to improved recording, says Wiltshire Police …

This entry was posted on
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at
10:34 am.

The release of crime statistics last week show that recorded crime has risen by nearly two and a half per cent in Wiltshire in comparison to an increase of four and a half per cent across England and Wales. The latest national and local crime figures up to June 2015 were released by The Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the first increase in recorded crime, when compared to the previous year, for some time and is a reflection of the efforts made by police forces to improve crime recording consistency. It is also believed that victims have increased confidence in reporting sexual offences.

Of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, 34 are also showing an increase in recorded crime.

The ONS statistics relate to the 12 months from May 2014 to June 2015 compared to the same period in 2013-14.

The increase of 2.4 per cent equates to 768 crimes with an overall total of 33,397 crimes recorded.

Wiltshire Police statisticians predict further increases in the future as we begin to see the improvements in crime recording reflected in the figures. Sex offences and violence have already been increasing over the last year.

Wiltshire Police have made significant changes to their crime recording processes and recently were giving a good rating by Her Majesty s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). Wiltshire s figures are in line with those of forces with a similar demographic profile.

The figures show that Wiltshire remains the fourth lowest force for volume crime per 1,000 people.

In Wiltshire there has been a 20.4 per cent fall in vehicle crime, a reduction of 588 offences.

Theft offences are down by 4.7 per cent with 736 fewer incidents recorded. Drug offences are down by 21.6 per cent with 355 fewer offences.

Recorded sex offences have increased by 37 per cent in the year under review. This represents an increase of 314 recorded offences.

Violence with injury has seen a 10.6 per cent increase, with offences increasing by 419 incidents.

Violence without injury (which includes harassment) rose by 30.4 per cent (3,150 offences up to 4,108). This reflects the national trend across England and Wales.

There has been no increase in the year under review in emergency calls in response to violent incidents. Therefore the increase is thought to be due in part to changes in Home Office crime counting rules and closer partnership working through the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said, One of the key priorities in my new Police and Crime Plan is to put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do.

And we have to be very aware that, behind these government statistics, are real people living in our communities.

Even a modest increase in reported crime reminds us that we cannot be complacent. The public can be assured that I will be looking closely at the figures with the Chief Constable and our statisticians to ensure that we have a good understanding of what lies behind the increase.

We have been continuing our efforts to encourage victims of crime to report the offence to Wiltshire Police, and I have commissioned Horizon Victim and Witness Care to ensure that victims and witnesses receive the best possible support on their journey through the criminal justice process.

I have also been looking at a separate set of figures from the ONS today, which estimate the number of online fraud offences. I am concerned that these are on the increase.

Everybody needs to be alert to the risk of online fraud. I receive regular reports on such crimes where the victim is a Wiltshire resident and I can say that many of these scams are extremely convincing. People of all ages can fall victim to these online fraudsters.

Chief Constable Mike Veale said, Although this is the first increase in recorded crime we have seen for some time, I remain confident that this reflects the improvement in recording practices.

The force has been working hard over the last two years to make these improvements and we are keeping a close eye on the statistics and how these improvements are reflected.

In order to make sure we have the right resources in the right place at the right time, the analysis of the crime data is essential to understand where we need to focus our attention. I am committed to continuing this work and improving our crime recording.

Sexual offences and violence are areas that we need to continue to scrutinise. Whilst we believe that victims feel more confident reporting crime, we must remain vigilant.

Wiltshire remains one of the safest counties in the country and, in line with the Commissioner s plan, we shall continue to put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do.

The BaoFeng UV-5R is tougher than the $25 pricetag implies


I ll admit it: I m a bit of a handheld radio snob.

I don t own many HT transceivers, but the ones I do own are manufactured by the big three namely, Yaesu1, Kenwood2 and Icom3. For ages, these three companies dominated the handheld radio market.

A few years ago, several Chinese radio manufactures (Baofeng4, Wouxun5, TDXone6 and TYT7 to name a few) started flooding the market with inexpensive handheld transceivers radios that literally cost a fraction of those produced by the big three. Where a Yaesu dual band handheld might cost between $150-250 US, a Baefeng model might cost $25-50 US.

As one might imagine, these inexpensive transceivers gained quite a following in the ham radio community and with preparedness/communications enthusiasts.

I ve read that many of these ultra-cheap transceivers are difficult to program and I m sure that s one of the factors that has kept me from purchasing one.

I also assumed that a $25 radio must be very poorly constructed.

Seems I m incorrect at least on this point.

Many thanks to Dave (K4SV) for sharing the following video8 from Chris (K5CLC), who put the popular Baofeng UV-5R9 through an extreme field test:

The Baofeng UV-5R10 is available at for a mere $25.80 US shipping included11.

UV-5R accessories. Click to enlarge.

UV-5R accessories. Click to enlarge.

The UV-5R12 even comes with a number of accessories:

  • a ANT5 SMA-J flexible antenna,
  • BL-5 Li-ion battery (7.4V 1800 mAh),
  • belt clip,
  • wrist strap,
  • AC adapter (8.4V 600ma)
  • and drop-in charger.

Frankly, it s hard to believe you get so much radio for the price.

Curiosity is getting the best of me and I believe I very well may purchase a UV-5R13 in the coming days. I ll probably purchase the USB programming cable as well14 (anything to make it easier to program).

Click here to view the Baofeng UV-5R on Amazon15: I encourage you to read the numerous reviews many of which sing its praises.

Readers: if you have the UV-5R, please post your comments about this little radio.

I m curious if you find it easy to use and if the battery life has held up over time.

Any tricks for programming it?


  1. ^ Yaesu (
  2. ^ Kenwood (
  3. ^ Icom (
  4. ^ Baofeng (
  5. ^ Wouxun (
  6. ^ TDXone (
  7. ^ TYT (
  8. ^ the following video (
  9. ^ Baofeng UV-5R (
  10. ^ Baofeng UV-5R (
  11. ^ $25.80 US shipping included (
  12. ^ UV-5R (
  13. ^ purchase a UV-5R (
  14. ^ I ll probably purchase the USB programming cable as well (
  15. ^ Click here to view the Baofeng UV-5R on Amazon (

Sussex Police

Your local officers for Copthorne are PC Anthony Cheeseman & PCSO Tim Wainwright.
East Grinstead Police Station
A notice from Sussex Police in partnership with Mid Sussex District Council
In an emergency always call 999
If you wish to report a crime, non-emergency incident or any suspicious behaviour call 101 and ask for Police Contact Centre or report via e-mail at


We are pleased to report that Speedwatch operations are now once again up and running each week. There is great concern that speeding on some of our village roads certainly is a problem in terms of safety for our children and other road users and that monitoring and reporting of the situation hopefully helps to identify the problem to the responsible authority. Supporting comments for our Speedwatch teams from village residents is greatly appreciated, thank you.

Inconsiderate and dangerous parking issues around the village in terms of safety and restricting access particularly for emergency vehicles remains a serious problem. A practical assessment of the situation by the Fire and Rescue Team has proved very successful in East Grinstead and more recently Crawley Down and we are pleased to report is now being extended to Copthorne. Please could we all help to make our village a little safer for everyone when parking.

Now that the darker evenings are with us we have been asked to alert everyone to observe and report any suspicious activities around our property and to report any concerns, directly to the Police Contact Centre by telephone on 101 or by e-mail to

Please be aware for the sake of our older neighbours, friends and anyone who you feel may be at risk.

Sincere thanks to everyone for the comments and support for the work of our Village Police Neighbourhood Panel it is greatly appreciated.