Crime lev­els are fall­ing faster here than na­tion­ally

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - Do­minic Grieve MP for Bea­cons­field

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.

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