Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today pointed to new crime figures published by the Government as evidence that Labour have failed to be tough on crime. The figures released by the Home Office on 17th July show that in the last year violence against the person rose by over 50% in North Herts District.
Peter Lilley said: “No amount of statistical manipulation can conceal what everyone in North Herts already knows: violent crime is soaring. The rise in violence is extremely worrying, and shows yet again that the Government is not making enough headway in tackling disorder. Sadly, the figures will come as no surprise to the millions of people up and down the country who suffer daily from crime, or the fear of crime, much of it drug related. Violence is particularly associated with alcohol and the culture of binge drinking. We should not tolerate drunkenness in public places which drives law abiding citizens off our streets.
“Whilst I support the hard work of Hertfordshire Constabulary, the problem is that the Government’s plethora of initiatives and burgeoning bureaucracy are preventing the police from doing their job. What we need is a serious boost in the number of police on the beat, a coherent effort to get young people off drugs and less tolerance of public drunkenness. Conservative plans for more police would mean 580 more officers on the beat in Hertfordshire. We are also calling for an extra 20,000 hard drug rehabilitation places nationally.”
Notes to Editors
The Government published new crime statistics on 17 July 2003:
Home Office, Crime in England and Wales 2002/2003: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/crimeew0203.html
‘Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships – Recorded Crime for Key Offences 2001/02 to 2002/03’, break down the change in the 6 key times of crime by local authority area. Figures on the absolute number of offences are listed in the Excel chart. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs2/hosb703sup1.xls
‘Basic Command Unit – Recorded Crime for Key Offences 2001/02 to 2002/03’ publish the same figures by ‘Basic Command Unit’ – the local units that police forces use.
Rising in crime by local authority area
The Home Office states that borough figures for Kent are not yet available, but will be published in due course. However, figures for Kent are listed by Basic Command Unit in the second table below.
Local Authority Area
Police Force Violence against the person Sexual offences Robbery offences Burglary Theft of a motor vehicle Theft from a vehicle
% Change in type of crime (from 2001-02 to 2002-03)
North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 52.0 32.1 5.7 -9.1 16.8 22.5