Crime has risen by almost eight per cent in West Berkshire over the past year, with significant jumps in the number of hate crimes, sexual offences and drug offences being reported.
Thames Valley Police has published its statistics for the number of crimes recorded in the district between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.
In total there were 8,038 crimes recorded across West Berkshire.
Hate crime saw the biggest increase as that went up by 43 per cent, with most of this relating to racism.
Sexual offences rose by more than 21 per cent, with the number of rapes reported going from 69 in 2015/16 to 86.
And there was a similar rise in the number of drugs offences from 431 to 524, although the figure is still less than it was in 2014/15.
However there were reductions seen in the number of robberies and burglaries being reported, and in domestic abuse.
Superintendent Jim Weems, local policing area commander for West Berkshire, said: “Whilst we have seen an increase in overall reports of crime this year, figures remain low per head of population and we have seen a decrease in some key areas.
“Raised awareness and confidence is reflected in the increases we have seen in reports of crime types such as sexual offences.
“Despite this increase we know that this remains an under-reported crime and we are committed to encouraging people to come forward and report these incidents to us.
“Despite some of the increases we have seen this year West Berkshire local police area continues to be a very safe place to live, work and visit and those incidents which do occur are dealt with robustly.”
Across the Thames Valley there was a 7.2 per cent increase in reported crime compared to last year, with 129,449 incidents in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Deputy chief constable John Campbell said: “The increase of domestic incidents, hate crime and some sexual offences further demonstrates the growing confidence of victims to report offences.
“These areas of crime have been under-reported for years and I trust these figures show that, as a force, we have been successful in giving victims the trust to come forward.”
Offence 2015/16 2016/17 % change
All crime 7,455 8,038 +7.8
Violent crime 1,633 1,659 +1.6
Sexual offences 222 269 +21.2
Robbery 47 31 -34.0
Burglary 790 686 -13.2
Vehicle crime 715 750 +4.9
Drug offences 431 524 +21.6
Hate crime 165 236 +43.0
Domestic abuse 689 633 -8.8