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Last week we reported how town centre anti social crime has dropped 12.4% – with details of a 35.9% drop of shoplifting.

Percentages can be misleading as a 100% drop in crime can be just one crime not occurring, or classification changing.

Wrexham.com has seen the following details for town centre crime stats, which does illustrate the point on how such figures can be misinterpreted. A headline of ‘Crime Goes Up 100%’ could be used, as ‘vehicle interference’ went from one to two crimes recorded,  but in reality its not a huge increase. Likewise a headline of crime dropping by 75% could be wrong despite four robberies being recorded for the same period last year and only one this year.

Therefore the only fair way is to put the stats out there, thus copied below. It is split into ‘victim based’ crime for the first table , and ‘non victim based’ crime for the second table.

Crime Type Year to Date Last year to Date % Change
Acquisitive: BOTD* 21 17 23.50%
Acquisitive: Domestic Burglary 1 2 -50.00%
Acquisitive: Other 125 88 42.00%
Acquisitive: Robbery 1 4 -75.00%
Acquisitive: Shoplifting 227 354 -35.90%
Acquisitive: Theft From Vehicle 5 5 0.00%
Acquisitive: Theft of Vehicle 2 0 0
Acquisitive: Vehicle Interference 2 1 100.00%
Criminal Damage and Arson 33 49 -32.70%
Sexual Offences: Excluding Rape 2 3 -33.30%
Sexual Offences: Rape 1 2 -50.00%
Violence with Injury 56 63 -11.10%
Violence without Injury 49 65 -24.60%
Victim Based Total 525 653 -19.60%

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Non Victim Based: Crime Prevention 10 12 -16.70%
Non Victim Based: Drugs 19 35 -45.70%
Non Victim Based: Other 2 3 -33.30%
Non Victim Based: Public Disorder 84 83 1.20%
Non Victim Based Total 115 133 13.50%
Fraud 14 26 -46.20%
Total 654 812 -19.50%

In real terms 812 crimes were recorded last year, with 654 year to date.

* We discovered that BOTD means ‘Burglary Other Than Dwelling’ !

We have created this forum thread to debate the figures, and would ask what you make of them rather than telling you what to think! Click here to take part…