White? Male? Early 40s? In Rugby? Check your car...

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White men aged between 40 and 44 are more likely to be victims of crime in Rugby than any other group, according to figures released last week.

And they are more likely to be a victim of vehicle crime than any other offence, says Warwickshire Observatory, which compiled the data.

Women are most likely to be victims of crime in Rugby if they are aged 25 to 29.

And of a total of 18 ‘race hate’ crimes across Warwickshire dealt with between September 1 last year and March 31 this year, 61 per cent of victims were from Rugby borough – significantly more than anywhere else in the county. The highest proportion of victims were Polish. The most common areas for racial discrimination to be reported were employment and the supply of goods and services.

The statistics appear in a new report written for the county’s police commissioner, Ron Ball.

The document states: “Overall, victims are more likely to be aged between 40 and 44 years old with a peak age of 41 years, be male, white British and the victim of a violent crime.

“Violent crime is the crime type people are more likely to fall victim to, however in Rugby Borough and Stratford District, people are more likely to become a victim of a vehicle crime.”

The report’s authors examined data from the 28,538 victims of crime recorded by Warwickshire Police, in addition to figures from Warwickshire Race Equality Partnership, hospital A&E departments and RoSA, an organisation which supports victims of sex crimes.

Some 436 people were dealt with by Rosa in the first three months of the year. Three quarters of its clients were female. Rugby borough had the second-highest proportion of clients, at 21 per cent.

The report notes that recent high-profile cases involving celebrities - including Jimmy Savile, the original subject of ‘Operation Yewtree’ - has led to more people contacting Rosa.

It states: “There has been an increase seen in the number of referrals since Operation Yewtree.

“Furthermore, the agency have seen that clients do not wish to pursue the matter further through the criminal justice system, but instead wish to use their counselling support services.

“It is believed this is due to the negativity seen in the press regarding celebrity cases and seems that clients have a lack of confidence in the system and therefore are put off going through the criminal justice process.”

Members of the public will be able to quiz Mr Ball about these figures and other issues regarding crime at a special meeting next month at Rugby town hall.

It takes place on Friday July 18 and starts at 10am.