Lilley: New approach needed to tackle Hertfordshire's crime crisis

- Monday, 1st July 2002

 

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today called for a new approach to tackling violent crime in Hertfordshire. This year‘s crime figures which will be published on 12th July are expected to show a 5% increase.

Peter Lilley said:

"New crime statistics to be published next month are expected to confirm
that many forms of violent crime are rising again mirroring the
deterioration across the UK. We need action - and I am outlining a
five-point strategy for fighting crime in Hertfordshire:

1. To combat youth crime, we need intervention to lead ‘problem
children‘ away from the conveyer belt to crime, at the earliest possible
stage in their lives.
2. We need longer term, rehabilitative sentences for persistent young
offenders. Within two years of leaving Young Offenders Institutions,
three-quarters of the leavers will have been reconvicted of a crime.
3. We must put police back on Hertfordshire‘s streets and turn them
into the custodians of our neighbourhoods. Too much police time is taken up on pointless paperwork and red-tape rather than patrolling our streets
and working with the local community. I welcome Herts police renewed
emphasis on this but the government must also abolish unnecessary
administrative burdens.
4. We must overhaul our creaking criminal justice system - so that trials are conducted efficiently and effectively.
5. There must be an effective campaign against drug dependency across Hertfordshire - without which no fight on crime stands any real chance of succeeding.

"Conservatives want to see a society where neighbours and parents across Hertfordshire alike take responsibility, in which family structures are supportive rather than torn apart, and in which local residents feel they have power over their own destiny. I now want to hear the views of people across the county to see how we can develop effective reforms to implement this strategy."

 

 

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