Crime fig­ures are real con­cern

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

BAR­BARA Fisher’s col­umn talks of the likely clo­sure of Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion (Gazette, Oc­to­ber 18).

Na­tional news head­lines scream of a rise in crime of 19% in the UK. Nearly 400 po­lice sta­tions in the UK with fronts of of­fice, used for in­ter­view­ing the public, have closed down al­ready.

This sit­u­a­tion is very wor­ry­ing. Ap­par­ently there is a plan in place for each of the 32 Lon­don bor­oughs and the City to re­tain just one po­lice sta­tion. Some crit­ics blame Sadiq Khan, the Lon­don Mayor.

Oth­ers claim it is about down­siz­ing the num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers and this is re­ally a govern­ment cost­cut­ting ex­er­cise. But it seems that Hilling­don Coun­cil is im­ple­ment­ing the re­duc­tion mea­sures any­way.

Crime in Hilling­don is also ris­ing from the pre­vi­ous year. There were 1,546 vi­o­lent crimes in the year Septem­ber 2016 to the end of Au­gust 2017. In the same pe­riod 1018 ve­hi­cle crimes, 1,434 anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or­ders, 763 bur­glar­ies and 557 cases of crim­i­nal dam­age.

Th­ese were the ma­jor crimes re­ported in Hilling­don. Across the wards Heathrow Vil­lages re­ported 530 an­nual crimes in to­tal with Town­field suf­fer­ing 306 crimes. Ick­en­ham Ward was for­tu­nate in hav­ing only 42 re­ported of­fences.

The fig­ures demon­strate real con­cern. As bet­ter re­port­ing of crime by the po­lice ex­ists is it not salu­tary to value this process? But if the sta­tions in the bor­ough, and in par­tic­u­lar Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion, are closed will it be as some com­men­ta­tors have sug­gested: the very thin blue line?

But what of hate crime, moped gang at­tacks, knife crime and acid at­tacks?

Crime sta­tis­tics of­ten dis­guise th­ese trou­bling is­sues. We all need to know, and have the com­fort and knowl­edge, that the bor­ough that we live in has a se­ri­ous ap­proach to tack­ling crime and record­ing it pro­fi­ciently. The strap line on the Hilling­don Coun­cil web­site reads: ‘putting all res­i­dents first.’ Re­ally? Ian Herne Hilling­don

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