'Bobbies on beat and public help are key to reducing crime' - Gwent Police

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First published in News

Gwent sees

● Biggest drop in crime in England and Wales
● Fourth successive fall
● Fraud down 43%
● Robbery down 31%
● Burglary down 22%  

 

GWENT Police posted the biggest drop in recorded crime in England and Wales during the year to June, new figures show, with an 18 per cent overall reduction.

The fall of more than 8,000 incidents compared to the year to June 2011, is the equivalent of 21 fewer crimes every day.

Gwent is among the leading forces in reducing crimes such as violence, robbery, burglary, fraud and forgery, and theft.

However drug offences continue to rise, with a 19 per cent increase in Gwent, the second highest of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

This is the fourth quarter in a row in which the Gwent force area has seen the biggest or joint biggest fall in overall crime, year-on-year.

The figures, issued by the Home Office, show reductions across a range of crimes, with 36,499 crimes committed, compared to 44,294 in the 12 months to June 2011.

Gwent Assistant Chief Constable Simon Prince, said the figures are “another endorsement of our flexible and innovative approach to tackling crime” that has a strong emphasis on neighbourhood policing and education of the general public on crime prevention.

Gwent also recorded the biggest drop in England and Wales in offences of criminal damage, and car theft and other offences against vehicles.

The increase in recorded drugs offences is worrying, but Mr Prince said this is an indicator that police operations, using information provided by the public, are having an effect.

“If people continue to provide us with information we will continue to a identify, arrest and put drug dealers in front of the courts,” said Mr Prince.

“I’m conscious that the figures will be of little comfort to those who have been victims of crime or anti-social behaviour.

“However would like to reassure those people who have been affected by crime, we are on your side, and we will continue to work hard to target criminals.

“I stick to the assertion that I have made previously that every Gwent resident has the right to feel safe, and be safe, in their community.”

Chief pays tribute to officers

THE fall in recorded crime is a tribute to the hard work of officers and staff, and to people’s efforts on prevention and reporting wrongdoers, says Assistant Chief Constable Prince.

He highlighted the system of Neighbourhood Policing Teams and extra police community support officers (PCSOs) as having enabled Gwent Police to maintain a regular and visible presence on the area’s streets.

“People like to see officers they know and trust and they start to build up relationships with them,” he said. “In addition to the police and partner agencies, Gwent residents must again take credit for this improved performance. More and more residents are providing us with information about the small minority of people who commit crimes in our communities and we are then able to take action.”

He added that a drop in anti-social behaviour has also been recorded across Gwent, with around 8,000 fewer reported incidents in the year to June.

“I’m very proud of the performance of Gwent officers and staff, but given the budget reductions we are facing, their hard work and dedication is even more impressive.”

Factfile

THE latest figures indicate that, across Gwent:
● Burglary was down 22 per cent (1,448 fewer offences);
● Robbery was down 31 per cent (60 fewer victims);
● Vehicle crime was down 31 per cent (1,860 fewer offences);
● Criminal damage was down 21 per cent (1,816 fewer offences);
● Violence against the person was down 17 per cent (1,361 fewer offences);
● There was a 10 per cent drop in reported sexual offences, a 43 per cent drop in fraud and forgery, and a 15 per cent drop in offences categorised as ‘other’.

COMMENT: In praise of our police

SOMETHING is going very right with policing in Gwent and, in our view, it is definitely worth shouting about.

We are talking of course about the 18 per cent fall in recorded crime in Gwent, revealed in the latest Home Office figures.

In fact, Gwent Police posted the biggest drop in recorded crime in England and Wales during the year to June.

That is an incredible achievement and, given that it is one which comes on the back of other successes, is doubly impressive.

This is the fourth quarter in a row in which the Gwent force has seen the biggest, or joint biggest, fall in overall crime year-on-year.

Gwent Police focus very much on what they term neighbourhood policing.

In other words the police officers in any given area are visible in the community, become well known and are contactable. They also help educate about crime prevention.

In many areas partnerships have been forged with other organisations so people from different walks of life can all contribute to the wider aim of creating safer communities.

That also seems to be a winning formula.

There are concerns of course, such as the rise in drug offences. But today let us concentrate on the many positives.

Crime is down by thousands of incidents a year – good news for us all. Gwent Police deserve to be commended.

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12:19pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Dai the Milk says...

Crime is not down. Reported crime is down. That could merely indicate that the public are disillusioned with police response and have no confidence in reporting matters to the police. Selective journalism at its best.
Crime is not down. Reported crime is down. That could merely indicate that the public are disillusioned with police response and have no confidence in reporting matters to the police. Selective journalism at its best. Dai the Milk
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12:32pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Radio Wales says...

Do those figures have any connection with failure to attend crime scenes or failure to record complaints of crime?
Do they have similar success in persuading others to stop short of reporting crime because a) they say there is no chance of recovery and b) there is no chance of prosecution?
If you don't accept crime reports, then obviously, the figures will go down.
Do those figures have any connection with failure to attend crime scenes or failure to record complaints of crime? Do they have similar success in persuading others to stop short of reporting crime because a) they say there is no chance of recovery and b) there is no chance of prosecution? If you don't accept crime reports, then obviously, the figures will go down. Radio Wales
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1:28pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Cymru Am Beth says...

'Lies, **** lies and statistics'.
'Lies, **** lies and statistics'. Cymru Am Beth
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1:29pm Fri 19 Oct 12

gadget says...

Loads of crime still happens , just nobody can be bothered to report it because nobody gets caught and when they do its a slap on the wrist from the judge , Whats the point?
Loads of crime still happens , just nobody can be bothered to report it because nobody gets caught and when they do its a slap on the wrist from the judge , Whats the point? gadget
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2:14pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Dave Angel says...

How sad it is to read this story knowing the truth is that Gwent Police is duping the people it serves. While this is not aimed directly at Gwent all forces are carrying out the same smoke screen to various degrees.

The report clearly states "Reported Crime, and "recorded Crime" are down. How many readers have suffered minor crimes and left them unreported ?. How often do crimes get reported but not recorded ?. It is with regret that I can speak on both counts with some authority.

It is because the police service throughout the UK and the Home Office have "massaged" these figures over the years that police funds and personnel are being cut in this time of finacial defecit. If crime is down and the local forces have to make further savings it makes common sense to cut back on officers.

If the true extent of crime had been recorded over the years then even with financial constraints it would be professional suicide to start cutting resources.

It is a known fact that when a society enters financial depression the crime rate rises proportionately.

However, drug offences have increased, clearly some people are "dealing" to subsedise their income then. I suppose at least if the figures are to believed they are dealing to otherwise law abiding citizens who have well paid jobs and a disposable income.
We no longer have so many heroin addicts without financial means that they feel the need to commit theft, burglary or robbery to subsedise their addiction.

"Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" was once the magic bullet, did the Home Office never believe in being tough on the truethful recording of crime.
How sad it is to read this story knowing the truth is that Gwent Police is duping the people it serves. While this is not aimed directly at Gwent all forces are carrying out the same smoke screen to various degrees. The report clearly states "Reported Crime, and "recorded Crime" are down. How many readers have suffered minor crimes and left them unreported ?. How often do crimes get reported but not recorded ?. It is with regret that I can speak on both counts with some authority. It is because the police service throughout the UK and the Home Office have "massaged" these figures over the years that police funds and personnel are being cut in this time of finacial defecit. If crime is down and the local forces have to make further savings it makes common sense to cut back on officers. If the true extent of crime had been recorded over the years then even with financial constraints it would be professional suicide to start cutting resources. It is a known fact that when a society enters financial depression the crime rate rises proportionately. However, drug offences have increased, clearly some people are "dealing" to subsedise their income then. I suppose at least if the figures are to believed they are dealing to otherwise law abiding citizens who have well paid jobs and a disposable income. We no longer have so many heroin addicts without financial means that they feel the need to commit theft, burglary or robbery to subsedise their addiction. "Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" was once the magic bullet, did the Home Office never believe in being tough on the truethful recording of crime. Dave Angel
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3:34pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

Agree with all the correspondents.
Crime is not falling. However, police out of court disposals have increased astronomically both for adults and youths. The police now act as judge & jury, they have no national guidelines to follow and what is prosecuted in one part of the country may be disposed of by reprimand from the constable in another.
Where is the justice in that?
Agree with all the correspondents. Crime is not falling. However, police out of court disposals have increased astronomically both for adults and youths. The police now act as judge & jury, they have no national guidelines to follow and what is prosecuted in one part of the country may be disposed of by reprimand from the constable in another. Where is the justice in that? Monmouthshire Merlin
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5:15pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Cymru Am Beth says...

gadget wrote:
Loads of crime still happens , just nobody can be bothered to report it because nobody gets caught and when they do its a slap on the wrist from the judge , Whats the point?
Quite right.
I know I am cynical about this, but they can work the crime figures to reflect well on them.
Some misdemeanours are not even considered criminal anymore.
[quote][p][bold]gadget[/bold] wrote: Loads of crime still happens , just nobody can be bothered to report it because nobody gets caught and when they do its a slap on the wrist from the judge , Whats the point?[/p][/quote]Quite right. I know I am cynical about this, but they can work the crime figures to reflect well on them. Some misdemeanours are not even considered criminal anymore. Cymru Am Beth
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5:21pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Cymru Am Beth says...

Monmouthshire Merlin wrote:
Agree with all the correspondents. Crime is not falling. However, police out of court disposals have increased astronomically both for adults and youths. The police now act as judge & jury, they have no national guidelines to follow and what is prosecuted in one part of the country may be disposed of by reprimand from the constable in another. Where is the justice in that?
I think the problem lies with the CPS, who will only go ahead and take a case to Court if it is almost certain to get a conviction.
Years ago, they would have 'stuck their
neck out' and had a go.
Restrained by money pressures and overcrowded prisons, they are unable to do that anymore.
[quote][p][bold]Monmouthshire Merlin[/bold] wrote: Agree with all the correspondents. Crime is not falling. However, police out of court disposals have increased astronomically both for adults and youths. The police now act as judge & jury, they have no national guidelines to follow and what is prosecuted in one part of the country may be disposed of by reprimand from the constable in another. Where is the justice in that?[/p][/quote]I think the problem lies with the CPS, who will only go ahead and take a case to Court if it is almost certain to get a conviction. Years ago, they would have 'stuck their neck out' and had a go. Restrained by money pressures and overcrowded prisons, they are unable to do that anymore. Cymru Am Beth
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7:20pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Limestonecowboy says...

we should be celebrating this news bear in mind the Police may be losing upto 20% of front line service
we should be celebrating this news bear in mind the Police may be losing upto 20% of front line service Limestonecowboy
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9:48am Sat 20 Oct 12

Dai the Milk says...

Limestonecowboy wrote:
we should be celebrating this news bear in mind the Police may be losing upto 20% of front line service
This is not news Limestone. This a complete distortion of what is actually happening around you. It is like showing you only the undamaged sides of my car when I try to sell it to you whilst the back has been caved in and remains hidden.
[quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: we should be celebrating this news bear in mind the Police may be losing upto 20% of front line service[/p][/quote]This is not news Limestone. This a complete distortion of what is actually happening around you. It is like showing you only the undamaged sides of my car when I try to sell it to you whilst the back has been caved in and remains hidden. Dai the Milk
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9:59am Sat 20 Oct 12

Dai the Milk says...

It is about showing you how 'small' an ice berg is when in reality the truth is that 90% remains hidden. People get taken in every day of our lives with slick marketing and advertisements and believe what they are told. Wake up.
It is about showing you how 'small' an ice berg is when in reality the truth is that 90% remains hidden. People get taken in every day of our lives with slick marketing and advertisements and believe what they are told. Wake up. Dai the Milk
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2:31pm Sat 20 Oct 12

focus 12 says...

Welldone Gwent Police !!
Welldone Gwent Police !! focus 12
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5:43pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Limestonecowboy says...

Dai the Milk wrote:
It is about showing you how 'small' an ice berg is when in reality the truth is that 90% remains hidden. People get taken in every day of our lives with slick marketing and advertisements and believe what they are told. Wake up.
yawn!!
[quote][p][bold]Dai the Milk[/bold] wrote: It is about showing you how 'small' an ice berg is when in reality the truth is that 90% remains hidden. People get taken in every day of our lives with slick marketing and advertisements and believe what they are told. Wake up.[/p][/quote]yawn!! Limestonecowboy
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6:38pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Dai the Milk says...

Limestonecowboy wrote:
Dai the Milk wrote:
It is about showing you how 'small' an ice berg is when in reality the truth is that 90% remains hidden. People get taken in every day of our lives with slick marketing and advertisements and believe what they are told. Wake up.
yawn!!
You don't understand what's going on here.
[quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai the Milk[/bold] wrote: It is about showing you how 'small' an ice berg is when in reality the truth is that 90% remains hidden. People get taken in every day of our lives with slick marketing and advertisements and believe what they are told. Wake up.[/p][/quote]yawn!![/p][/quote]You don't understand what's going on here. Dai the Milk
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11:15pm Tue 23 Oct 12

stanclif says...

you tell him dai
you tell him dai stanclif
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