Crime figures are real concern
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