WE DO accept that they are not obliged to say anything but it looks like both Thurrock MPs have decided to “plead the fifth amendment” when it comes to the shocking state of solving burglary in Thurrock.
On Friday, YT revealed that 94% of all burglaries in Thurrock remain unsolved. Of the 1640 burglaries in the borough between April 1st 2012 and March 31st, 2013, only 111 were solved.
We sent the following two questions to Jackie Doyle-Price and Stephen Metcalfe. Infact we sent them twice. We have not received a reply.
For your information, the questions were:
1. What concerns do you have (if any) that the solve rate for burglary in Thurrock has now declined to 6%?
2. What concerns do you have that despite almost 4,000 less crimes reported over seven categories since 2006, solve rates remain static at best, on the decline at worst?
Later on Friday, the Essex Police Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston chaired a forum in South Ockendon. You can see the film below. Mr Alston was asked about the figures by a member of the public. He described them as “Not good”. A detective present countered that by saying their solve rate since April 1st 2013 had “improved upon the figures by 50%”
Labour candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Mike Le-Surf was more direct.
Mr le-Surf said: “The £40 million worth of cuts to Essex Police dished out by the Tories are clearly having an effect both on reported crime and detection rates. We knew that 20% government cuts to policing would have a damaging affect on our communities and I commend Your Thurrock for highlighting this issue.
Hearing from residents at a meeting recently in Pitsea about numerous failed attempts to report crime on the 101 number is very worrying and is affecting the lives of people across South Basildon and East Thurrock. The Tory Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston failed to turn up to that meeting and it was left to the over-stretched PCSOs and officer present to hear people concerns.
I agree with Your Thurrock that fewer people reporting crime is a massive vote of no confidence in the criminal justice system in Essex and across the UK. These unsustainable cuts are leaving vulnerable people more isolated and I look forward to a Labour government addressing this imbalance in 2015.”
Our report comes at a time when a report a Parliamentary Select Committee, chaired by North Essex and Harwich MP Bernard Jenkin, heard allegations by PC James Patrick, who lives in north Essex, about manipulated figures in the Metropolitan Police.
An investigation is now being carried out by MPs.
Reported crimes in Essex are down by almost 4,000 in eight categories alone since 2006.