Today's release of recorded crime figures to the end of December 2011, shows some worrying trends in North Wales. Whilst total recorded crime has only increased by 2% to 42,869 recorded crime, the more serious criminal offences have shown staggering increases with Sexual Offences up by 6%, Robbery up 20% and Burglary in a Dwelling up by 22%. With the exception of a drop in violent crime by 2% all other decreases have been in minor non-violent offences with motor vehicle crime down 1%, criminal damage down 4% and other offences down 19%.
It should also be noted that drug offences are also down 21% but this is probably down to a lack of enforcement as drug offences are normally recorded as crimes on detection, what this means in reality is that North Wales Police are no longer prioritising drug abuse which goes against local authority Community Safety plans which has Substance Misuse as a priority.
Together with the reduction in arrests outlined in the previous blog I believe that it is time for North Wales Police come up with some answers as to what their strategic direction is and what their priorities are?
Perhaps I can ask again for the views of the candidates for Police Commissioner on the issues I have highlighted.