Crime levels are falling faster here than nationally
AS PARLIAMENT approached the summer recess, news came through from the independent Office for National Statistics, which showed that crime continues to fall in the Thames Valley police area. Their records examine the numbers of crimes committed since 2010.
Crime, measured by the independent Crime Survey, fell by 29 per cent in our police area. That is actually a greater fall than the national average, which is a drop of 22 per cent.
These are the lowest levels since the Crime Survey began in 1981. The figures cover England and Wales, excluding fraud, as the method of reporting offences of fraud has changed.
People living in the Beaconsfield constituency want to know that they can live and work in a safe environment. Nationally, there have been changes in policy so that our police services can concentrate on tackling crime, not meeting unnecessary targets or being bogged down in bureaucracy.
There has been a consistent plan to make sure criminals receive tougher sentences when convicted. This protects our communities, because it is important that people should see that justice is done.
During my time as attorney general, I referred cases back for review when there were unduly lenient sentences for people convicted of crime.
There was, and continues to be, strong and significant public support for this policy.
Tackling the root causes of crime is also essential, so that people do not become criminals in the first place.
What is also important is the way that our police services, like Thames Valley, respond to the needs of local communities and areas.
By focusing on and responding to the needs of each local area, our police can target specific problems and this will drive down crime in those areas.