Recorded crime up in Gwent

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Recorded crime up in Gwent

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VIOLENT crime and sexual offences recorded in Gwent increased in the year to March 2014, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its most recent data yesterday, showing recorded crime is up in Gwent although England and Wales more generally have seen a decline.

Sexual offences showed an increase of 20 per cent locally, records of violent crime (without injury) were up by 36 per cent and robbery was up by three per cent.

From March 2013 until March 2014, 35,397 crimes were recorded across Gwent, an increase of four per cent compared to 34,153 in the previous year.

Across England and Wales as a whole the numbers of crimes fell by 14 per cent, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, although recorded sexual offences showed a nationwide increase of 20 per cent.

Chief Constable of Gwent Police Jeff Farrar said: “The figures released today are a mixed bag with certain categories such as violence, theft and criminal damage showing increases which of course is of concern. Other categories including burglary and shoplifting are among those showing decreases, bucking national trends.”

Despite a general increase in recorded crime in Gwent, the local force saw successes in the statistics with the reduction in recorded burglaries twice the national average at seven per cent, and fewer crimes involving vehicles.

The figures also showed a reduction in possession of weapons and drug related offences.

Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston said the increase in recorded crime could simply show the public had more faith in the police, and so were more likely to come forward.

He added that almost half of rapes recorded during the period were ‘historical’, reported years after the alleged events.

A spokesman for the ONS said the increase in recorded sexual offences was related to the Operation Yewtree investigation, connected to the Jimmy Savile inquiry, which has seen more victims coming forward.

Mr Johnston said: “Public confidence in Gwent Police has improved and although the report published today shows that overall crime recorded has increased, I believe this has more to do with the public having more confidence in reporting crimes and in the way crime is now being recorded.

“We note there has been an increase in sexual offences and violent crime (without injury) and the force has already taken the initiative and has been running a programme of work to look into why this has been the case.”

He added: “As I have said on numerous occasions, I am more concerned about the quality of service the public receive than numerical targets and we have seen a complete move away from the emphasis on targets here in Gwent.

“A significant amount of work has also been undertaken in other forces in respect of ethical crime recording and it’s interesting to note that Gwent is one of 18 forces now showing an increase for this period.”

Looking at causes of crime, Mr Farrar said that alcohol was often a factor in violent offences and added: “When considering the statistics it must be remembered that within Gwent a large number of the crimes are committed by a small and persistent group of offenders going in and out of the Criminal Justice System.”

He added: “I would urge residents to continue to support our efforts by reporting crimes and passing on information about those involved in crimes.

“The more we can work together, the more likely we are to reduce crime.”

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1:31pm Fri 18 Jul 14

gingertom says...

You never see a policeman in newbridge it is a gangsters paradise.

community remedy survey by 31st July:

http://survey.gwent.

pcc.police.uk/index.

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Give them automatic community service and then go and look at the parents give them some aswell
You never see a policeman in newbridge it is a gangsters paradise. community remedy survey by 31st July: http://survey.gwent. pcc.police.uk/index. php?sid=62493&lang=e n Give them automatic community service and then go and look at the parents give them some aswell gingertom
  • Score: 9

3:41pm Fri 18 Jul 14

endthelies says...

How many of these 'reported crimes' were brought before a court because its no good reporting crimes if nothings going to be done about them. It would be interesting to find out.
How many of these 'reported crimes' were brought before a court because its no good reporting crimes if nothings going to be done about them. It would be interesting to find out. endthelies
  • Score: 9

5:37pm Fri 18 Jul 14

regaturn says...

How sure is Jeff that these figures are at all accurate, the last time he was grilled by the Home Select Commitee he was out by 100%!
How sure is Jeff that these figures are at all accurate, the last time he was grilled by the Home Select Commitee he was out by 100%! regaturn
  • Score: 4

5:40pm Fri 18 Jul 14

davidcp says...

Perhaps you don't see the police because they are busy? A police officer walking about has time on his hands, unfortunately!

Of course, that may be down to the reduction in numbers. Let's do maths.

Authorities must reduce costs by 20%. That means the current 100% of work must be done with 80% of the money. Largest costs - wages. Reduce staff by 20%, means that the remaining 80%, still having the 100% of work to do, have each had a 25% increase in workload to cover the lost staff.

Applies to all authorities.
Perhaps you don't see the police because they are busy? A police officer walking about has time on his hands, unfortunately! Of course, that may be down to the reduction in numbers. Let's do maths. Authorities must reduce costs by 20%. That means the current 100% of work must be done with 80% of the money. Largest costs - wages. Reduce staff by 20%, means that the remaining 80%, still having the 100% of work to do, have each had a 25% increase in workload to cover the lost staff. Applies to all authorities. davidcp
  • Score: 5

6:10pm Fri 18 Jul 14

corpardguy says...

Get them out of the cars and into boots patrolling known troubled areas, and ease up on the motorist in favor of going after the young thugs and irresponsible selling of booze to drunks and under age yobos .
Get them out of the cars and into boots patrolling known troubled areas, and ease up on the motorist in favor of going after the young thugs and irresponsible selling of booze to drunks and under age yobos . corpardguy
  • Score: 5

7:19pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Judging by the scattered cans of Foster's surrounding the poor, unfortunate actor victim in the accompanying photo I'd say that rather than a generic crime it is most certainly an Australophobic hate crime - ps. sure I've seen him on Home and Away:)
Judging by the scattered cans of Foster's surrounding the poor, unfortunate actor victim in the accompanying photo I'd say that rather than a generic crime it is most certainly an Australophobic hate crime - ps. sure I've seen him on Home and Away:) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -5

7:19pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Where is Crocodile Dundee when you need him, eh?
Where is Crocodile Dundee when you need him, eh? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 1

8:41pm Fri 18 Jul 14

davidcp says...

corpardguy wrote:
Get them out of the cars and into boots patrolling known troubled areas, and ease up on the motorist in favor of going after the young thugs and irresponsible selling of booze to drunks and under age yobos .
Problem with getting them out of cars, ideal as that is, is that when they're 5 miles from you on foot and you call, they'll be a while! Trouble areas cause post incident investigation that takes up hours.

You'd be better off stopping defence lawyers interfering (lol).
[quote][p][bold]corpardguy[/bold] wrote: Get them out of the cars and into boots patrolling known troubled areas, and ease up on the motorist in favor of going after the young thugs and irresponsible selling of booze to drunks and under age yobos .[/p][/quote]Problem with getting them out of cars, ideal as that is, is that when they're 5 miles from you on foot and you call, they'll be a while! Trouble areas cause post incident investigation that takes up hours. You'd be better off stopping defence lawyers interfering (lol). davidcp
  • Score: 5

9:56am Sat 19 Jul 14

Crossbenchtory says...

Or could this be because, and I'm only guessing here, in the not too distant past crime figures for the Gwent Force area were being manipulated to show a reduction in crime.

I'm sure someone retired because there was some sort of evidence pointing to the massaging of figures going on.

I could be wrong, but maybe this is evidence of the PCC creating an environment of, heaven forbid, honesty.
Or could this be because, and I'm only guessing here, in the not too distant past crime figures for the Gwent Force area were being manipulated to show a reduction in crime. I'm sure someone retired because there was some sort of evidence pointing to the massaging of figures going on. I could be wrong, but maybe this is evidence of the PCC creating an environment of, heaven forbid, honesty. Crossbenchtory
  • Score: 1

3:46pm Sat 19 Jul 14

davidcp says...

Crossbenchtory wrote:
Or could this be because, and I'm only guessing here, in the not too distant past crime figures for the Gwent Force area were being manipulated to show a reduction in crime.

I'm sure someone retired because there was some sort of evidence pointing to the massaging of figures going on.

I could be wrong, but maybe this is evidence of the PCC creating an environment of, heaven forbid, honesty.
Or maybe the honesty was ALREADY there, but stifled?
[quote][p][bold]Crossbenchtory[/bold] wrote: Or could this be because, and I'm only guessing here, in the not too distant past crime figures for the Gwent Force area were being manipulated to show a reduction in crime. I'm sure someone retired because there was some sort of evidence pointing to the massaging of figures going on. I could be wrong, but maybe this is evidence of the PCC creating an environment of, heaven forbid, honesty.[/p][/quote]Or maybe the honesty was ALREADY there, but stifled? davidcp
  • Score: -1

3:47pm Sat 19 Jul 14

theviking666 says...

There must be lots of crime in Tesco and Morrisons in Risca, as I always see a least one of there cars parked in the car park
There must be lots of crime in Tesco and Morrisons in Risca, as I always see a least one of there cars parked in the car park theviking666
  • Score: -1

6:34pm Sat 19 Jul 14

arjwain says...

the only time i see police there in cars or van's
you have the specials on foot patrol ,seems they do the donkey work while the police take on the risky work like pulling you over just to check your car has not been reported stolen yet .
drink related violence . well the 24 hour drinking helps with that .
plus all the drugs we have these days .
sexual crimes we have so many people not even on any records in this country they have a free pass . a new slate in a country that don't even know there past .
maybe the police should get back on the streets give them more powers arrest gobby teens who think its there right not to even be touched by a police officer ..
shut pubs at 12 . clubs at 2:00
DNA test all our visitors and all children from birth..at least if a sexual crime is committed .you know who they are ..
the only time i see police there in cars or van's you have the specials on foot patrol ,seems they do the donkey work while the police take on the risky work like pulling you over just to check your car has not been reported stolen yet . drink related violence . well the 24 hour drinking helps with that . plus all the drugs we have these days . sexual crimes we have so many people not even on any records in this country they have a free pass . a new slate in a country that don't even know there past . maybe the police should get back on the streets give them more powers arrest gobby teens who think its there right not to even be touched by a police officer .. shut pubs at 12 . clubs at 2:00 DNA test all our visitors and all children from birth..at least if a sexual crime is committed .you know who they are .. arjwain
  • Score: 1

11:18am Sun 20 Jul 14

coalpicker says...

PICTURE much clearer in Gwent now IAN put a bit of stick about ?
The commissioner should have roving licence across the UK then perhaps
the national figures would have more credibility . No I am not a sycophant.
PICTURE much clearer in Gwent now IAN put a bit of stick about ? The commissioner should have roving licence across the UK then perhaps the national figures would have more credibility . No I am not a sycophant. coalpicker
  • Score: -2

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