This is what senior Police Officers said to wrexham.com:
Inspector Mark Williams told us that the figures for recorded arson showed “no spike over the last twelve months”, detailing a breakdown showing an average of 23 incidents a year. It was pointed out that acts of ‘arson’ can range from a bag of grass cuttings or a car being set on fire, but all are recorded as ‘arson’ in the statistics.
Chief Inspector Alex Goss said “A lot of work is going on in Caia and other areas with a multi agency approach to counter arson and the perception of arson”.The truth is somewhat different, in 2010, there were 68 vehicle arson's in Wrexham CBC which was twice the number in more heavily populated Flintshire and 40% of the total deliberate vehicle fires in the whole of North Wales. In 2011, the situation had worsened with 52% of all North Wales's deliberate vehicle fires occurring in Wrexham County Borough, this is 3 times more than Flintshire and at 90 incidents was 32% more than the previous year. In 2012, deliberate vehicle fires in Wrexham had declined slightly from 90 to 84 but the numbers in Flintshire and North Wales had also declined, thus the Wrexham figure represented 58% of all deliberate fires in North Wales.
This situation is one where the public, the press and elected representatives have a right to voice their concerns; it is the Police who try to manipulate people's perceptions who should be subject of criticism.