Delyn MP and Shadow Policing Minister David Hanson has welcomed the release of today’s crime figures which show a drop in crime of nine per cent across England and Wales.
The British Crime Survey, released today, shows that overall crime has fallen nine per cent with theft against the person down by 28 per cent and there are big drops in vandalism and vehicle-related theft.
Recorded crime is also down by eight per cent.
Statistics for North Wales also show a drop in crime, with overall police recorded crime down by three per cent. Robbery is down by 20 per cent, vehicle offences down by 19 per cent and criminal damage offences down by 13 per cent.
David Hanson said:
“These figures are very welcome indeed. As Police Minister before the General Election I worked hard to give local police forces the powers and resources they needed to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
“The first duty of any government has to be to protect the people, which is why reducing levels of crime and developing neighbourhood policing were so important to the previous Labour Government.
“Yesterday I stood up in the House of Commons and spoke out against cuts of £135 million to policing, introduced by the new Tory Lib Dem Government, which will lead to fewer police on our streets.
“North Wales Police do an excellent job for the people of Flintshire and I will continue to support them in everyway I can.”