All data acquired from plumplot.co.uk
Crime is a serious issue, especially in places of education, and what place in South East England is better know for its education than Oxford. One of the most prestigious universities in the world, Oxford is privy to some of the finest education around, this also tends to invite disaster. We are going to go over the different aspects of Oxford to keep an eye out for and compare the national average to how Oxford is currently dealing with crime.
Bicycle Theft Crime – 198% Of The National Average
Bicycle theft is exactly as it says on the tin, the theft or stealing of people’s bicycles. Whilst this definitely isn’t the most egregious crime, with Oxford being housed to such a large educational facility, it is understandable that bicycle theft is so high. Being just shy of double the cases here than the average, and this is with a 34.7% drop from last year.
Shoplifting Crime – 98% Of The National Average
The second-highest rate of crime in Oxford is already below the national average, showing just how good of a handle they have on crime. Shoplifting is indicated by taking anything from a shop without paying for it, this seems to be about on average with the rest of the country, though.
Possession of weapons crime – 95% of the national average
Possession of weapons is a very serious crime, having some form of weaponry on you at all can be a terrifying prospect for people, as this could be something as simple as a knife or as serious as a firearm. Whilst this is below average, it is only just and should be watched out for.
Theft from the person crime – 94% of the national average
Theft from the person is different from robbery as there is no use of force in this instance, this could be pickpocketing or simply grabbing someone’s possessions whilst they are distracted.
Other theft crime – 83% of the national average
Other theft crime doesn’t have a specific definition, as it just accounts for any type of theft that isn’t explicitly described as robbery, burglary, or theft from the person. Once again, we are below national average on this, indicating it is a lower chance to lose your possessions in Oxford than the majority of England.
Drugs crime – 82% of the national average
Drugs crime involves the possession or consumption of any explicitly banned substances, due to the nature of these substances, this can often lead to other crimes being committed. The low level of crimes involving drugs may be a reason as to why other crime levels are relatively low in comparison to the national average.
Criminal damage and arson crime – 76% of the national average
This crime is typically targeted at businesses over individual houses, but criminal damage does strictly mean any form of damage to a property with malicious intent. Unfortunately, even at 76% of the national average crime rate, there were still over 4,000 crimes committed in the past year.
Vehicle crime – 76% of the national average
Vehicle crime is defined as the illicit trade, theft and trafficking of vehicles as well as spare parts, these are activities that affect people and businesses across the UK. Fortunately, as with most other crimes, Oxford is sitting below average, making it so that this isn’t as much of a threat here as in other parts of the UK.
Other crime – 76% of the national average
Other crime is that which hasn’t been defined by any of the other crime criteria, these are just generally illicit behaviours performed by people which aren’t tied to any one given designation.
Violent crime – 76% of the national average
Violent crime covers a plethora of different illegal activities, from murder to throwing corrosive substances, these cover some of the most egregious acts any one person can perform against others.
Burglary crime – 67% of the national average
Burglary is any act wherein someone is stealing from someone else’s property, this is different to other forms of theft as they are stealing from the person themselves.
Public order crime – 55% of the national average
This crime is defined as “crime which involves acts that interfere with the operations of society and the ability of people to function efficiently”
Robbery crime – 39% of the national average
Robbery is described as stealing off of another person through use of force or implying the use of force, i.e. threatening someone with a gun to give you their wallet would be deemed robbery.
Antisocial behaviour crime – 36% of the national average
This is described as any form of activity which intentionally disrupts the day to day running of society, this could be playing music incredibly loud or public indecency.
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