“Get Crime Down” petition launched as crime up by a THIRD over past 5 years of current Labour PCC
West Midlands residents are being asked to share their concerns about rising crime with the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner, through a new online petition that’ll be handed in at West Midlands Police Headquarters.
The website at www.GetCrimeDown.co.uk says residents deserve better from the local police tax that has been steadily rising across the region.
It comes as analysis shows total recorded crime has increased by 33% over the past five years under a Labour PCC, from 242,553 cases in 2015 to 322,797 in 2020.
Troublingly, this analysis also shows weapons and violent crime more than doubling, and public order offences tripling over the same period.
This five year period saw rises of:
- Public Order Offences up 209%
- Violence up 170%
- Weapons possession up 144%
- Robbery up 44%
- Vehicle crime up 9%
- Drugs possession up 2.5%
When the last two years of total recorded crimes are compared, crime has seen a 9% rise between 2019 and 2020, which includes:
- Public Order Offences up 41%
- Violence up 26%
- Weapons possession up 8%
- Anti-social Behaviour up 50%
While issues such as domestic violence shows no signs of abating during lockdown, Birmingham is now, horrifically, a national centre for ‘county-lines’ drugs, and the region has the fastest increasing rate of knife crime in the country.
Jay Singh-Sohal said:
“For years, residents' concerns about rising crime have been falling on deaf ears at the Labour Police Commissioner’s office, but these startling statistics speak for themselves. What we need is a proactive and robust approach to get crime down and not pussyfoot around crime prevention and deterrence. Elections on Thursday 6th May present an opportunity for our region to see a tough new approach introduced. I will bring about this much needed change to better serve taxpayers, by working constructively with the government to put resources into tackling the range of crimes affecting people all over the region.”
The petition has been welcomed by some of the region’s MPs:
Marco Longhi MP for Dudley North said: “Dudley is turning a corner, it is set to grow and become a thriving area with a High Street that has bags of potential, but what’s holding us back is increasing anti-social behaviour and violent crime, which has gone up locally. I welcome this petition calling for urgent action to get crime down. People want more in terms of safety and security, and I look forward to this being a priority for Dudley and our region.”
Saqib Bhatti MP for Meriden said: “Residents in my constituency are paying more in policing precept tax yet not getting even an adequate response to crime when it affects them. We need to change this to see the increasing budget of West Midlands Police being leveraged to get crime down, and I look forward to working with Jay to ensure a robust approach to tackle violence, knife and vehicle crime that particularly impacts upon people in Meriden”.
The West Midlands force area has seen significant government investment into law and order with a second year of budget increases in the 2021/2 funding settlement boosting the West Midlands Police to £655m a year. This was an increase of £35.9m from the previous year and the second highest in England after London.
On top of this, the Home Secretary Priti Patel recently announced £3.37m for the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit.
Jay Singh-Sohal will soon lay out more about his plans to prioritise resources to target crime, but has already announced measures including:
- Tackling knife crime by ensuring more use of “Stop and Search” powers and introducing handheld scanners for officers to undertake searches in a less-invasive manner
- Tackling hate crime by introducing a reporting hotline, a “safe space” and counselling for victims and pursue swift justice with behaviour change training for perpetrators
- Helping those recovering from drugs and alcohol dependence with a pragmatic approach while stopping the introduction of Labour’s Drugs Consumption Rooms
Total recorded crime in 2015: 242,553
Total recorded crime in 2020: 322,7979
Total Increase: 80,244 (up 33%)
Broken down as:
- Robbery up 44%, from 4,805 in 2015 to 6,904 in 2020
- Vehicle crime up 9%, from 25,077 in 2015 to 27,246 in 2020
- Violence up 170%, from 44,966 in 2015 to 121,221 in 2020
- Weapons possession up 144%, from 1,336 in 2015 to 3,257 in 2020
- Drugs possession up 2.5%, from 5,614 in 2015 to 5,757 in 2020
- Public Order Offences up 209%, from 7,721 in 2015 to 23,824 in 2020
Between 2019 and 2020, total recorded crime rose by 9%, from 296,172 to 322,797
Broken down as:
- Public Order Offences up 41%, from 16,954 in 2019 to 23,824 in 2020
- Violence up 26%, from 95,959 in 2019 to 121,221 in 2020
- Weapons possession up 8%, from 2,027 in 2019 to 3,257 in 2020
- Anti-social Behaviour up 50%, from 36,489 in 2019 to 54,709 in 2020
All figures from the UK Crime Survey.