I am appalled that today’s police recorded crime statistics demonstrate crime peaking to a seven year high. Moreover, figures show that certain crimes have witnessed a sharp increase.
• Total recorded crime now stands at 45,521 incidents;
• Total recorded crime has increased by 13.74% since September 2016 (40,021);
• Homicide is at a seven year high with 13 homicides taking place in the 12 months ending September 2017;
• Sexual offences increased 37.3% in the 12 months ending September 2017 (2016: 1,694 – 2017: 2,326);
• Theft from the person has increased 37.74% in the 12 months ending September 2017 (2016: 204 – 2017: 281)
• Violent crimes with injury have increased 20.87% in the 12 months ending September 2017 (2016: 5,489 – 2017: 6,635); and
• Domestic burglary has increased 37.87% in the 12 months ending September 2017 (2016: 1,386 – 2017: 1,911)
This news comes with the backdrop of falling central government funding for North Wales Police. Due to inflation North Wales Police will experience a £2.1m cut to funding next year. This follows years of underfunding. The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales Police has stated that the force is now spending almost £30m per year less than if these cuts had not been imposed.
The lack of central government funding has meant that the police precept from Council Tax has had to increase by 3.58%.
North Wales Police has seen the number of officers cut by 71 officers.
These shameful statistics demonstrate how the UK Government has lost its grip of law and order. They have continued to chronically underfund North Wales Police which has resulted in police officers lost.
We only have to look at the spate of burglaries and anti-social activity across our communities to see the impact of this restriction on resources. We are now seeing offences being committed in villages on a level not seen since the mid-1990s. Police officers are working tirelessly with community leaders to try and wrestle with this problem but as long as there are fewer Bobbies on the beat they will struggle to do so.
The police are doing a great job in difficult circumstances.
“Not only have the past seven years of underfunding create risks for our safety, but they have also meant people’s Council Tax has had to increase. With funding from the UK Government falling our police force has no other choice than try to get money back through local taxation. This is unfair and puts more pressure on household income.