But the committee has a very narrow remit - to scrutinise the work of the Community Safety Partnership and the particular issue was not discussed.
The meat of the business was the Flintshire and Wrecsam Community Safety Partnership's plan to measure success between now and 2014. Many crime stats in Wrecsam are significantly worse than in Flintshire, yet there was no explanation as to why that is. Both areas have similar social and economic profiles, so why is Wrecsam worse in terms of burglaries, assaults and substance misuse? Why do we have more young offenders re-offending than Flintshire?
These are the questions you'd expect councillors to raise at such a meeting but when you're presented with a 43-page report on the night it's impossible to do more than skim read the contents. Not so much a scrutiny committee as a rubberstamp before the report goes to Exec Board then.
One explanation for higher re-offending rates among youngsters offered by a representative of the CSP was the high number of private care homes in Wrecsam. These take youngsters with behavioural and other problems from authorities all over the UK, often at extortionate rates of thousands of pounds per week. The bonus for the other councils is that it gets problem kids off their streets - for us it's the opposite.
Although other councils are meant to inform the host county when this happens, many "slip under the radar". So when the kids abscond or commit crime locally, we clear up the mess.
It's time authorities and private care homes were forced to report what they're up to and it's time we asked why Wrecsam has a disproportionate number of such homes.
At least we will be allowed to scrutinise that properly in the future.