Latest crime figures reflect what people are telling me; says local MP

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak is urging the government to take note of the latest Police recorded crime statistics which show  a 13% rise in all police recorded offences across England and Wales.

Figures published on 19 October 2017 by the Home Office show recorded crime is up 13% on last year. This upward trend follows a 5% rise in the 12 months to June 2015 and a further 7% rise in the 12 months to June 2016.

Here in the West Midlands the latest figures show a 23% increase in street mugging (robbery of personal property) as well as a 34% increase in domestic burglaries and 28% increase in vehicle offences. Figures also show a worrying rise in knife crime, with possession of a weapon offences up by 19% since last year.

Earlier this month Steve led a debate calling for action to tackle the rise in crime and aggressive anti-social behaviour. The MP is calling on the government to acknowledge the rising trend in crime and take robust action to tackle the crime and aggressive anti-social behaviour which is plaguing neighbourhoods right across the country. The MP has conducted his own constituency wide survey which revealed that over half of his constituents have been a victim of crime or know someone close to them who has been a victim of crime within the last 12 months.

In the last year his office has been inundated with complaints about burglaries, street muggings, car jackings and aggressive anti-social behaviour. The MP himself was assaulted when he tackled thugs on motorbikes earlier this year.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“The latest statistics showing reported crime is up 13% on last year are clearly very concerning but it won’t come as much of a shock to many of my constituents who have been telling me this for a while. It seems the only people who think crime is falling are the government ministers at the Home Office. The latest figures reflect the situation on the ground and echo the findings of my own constituency wide survey.

“People are telling me they are scared to leave their house and walk down the street in neighbourhoods where they’ve lived for years. The Government needs to stop burying its head in the sand and finally acknowledge the scale of this issue. It’s time they woke up to the fact that reductions to community policing and cutbacks in other measures designed to address crime in our communities has led to an explosion in certain types of offences. Unless they start taking this problem seriously we will be forced to vacate whole streets and neighbourhoods to criminal gangs with no respect for the law.”

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