Posted on Thursday 19th July

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner is calling on the acting chief constable to explain to the public why crime has increased in Cheshire.

David Keane, in his role to hold the acting chief constable to account, has invited Janette McCormick to give a public presentation to help Cheshire residents understand why there has been an increase in crime in their area.

It comes as the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show for the 12 months to March 2018, there was a 32.9 per cent increase in recorded crime in the county.

David said: “While the latest crime statistics for Cheshire don’t show as large an increase as the previous figures released in April - where we saw a 36.4 per cent increase in recorded crime in the 12 months to December 2017 - I am disappointed to see that this time around comparatively with other forces, Cheshire has seen the second highest increase in recorded crime.

“Despite this increase, I would like to reassure residents that Cheshire remains a very safe place to live.”

The increase in recorded crime in Cheshire in 2017 represents an additional 21,593 offences, taking the total number of crimes recorded across the county in this period to 87,320.

In terms of types of offences committed, violence against a person and public order offences have seen the biggest increase - although the recording of these offences has been significantly impacted by an improved crime recording process introduced by Cheshire Constabulary.

“As we know from previous ONS statistics, certain types of offences have seen a spike due to how they’re recorded in the constabulary’s new crime recording system. However, yet again, we’ve seen an increase in crime categories that we wouldn’t expect to be impacted by improvements in crime recording practices; this includes a 36.5 per cent increase in possession of weapons offences, and an increase in some burglary and vehicle offences”, added David.

“While I am pleased that the constabulary has already put in place successful campaigns to target perpetrators of these types of crimes - which we will hopefully start to see the positive impact of in future ONS releases - I would like to reassure the public that I am constantly monitoring the performance of the constabulary to ensure they are delivering the best possible police service for our communities.”

The acting chief constable’s presentation to give Cheshire residents the opportunity to understand the detail behind the latest crime statistics will be delivered at the public scrutiny board meeting at Cheshire Constabulary headquarters in Winsford on Wednesday 8 August at 10am.

“It is my role as your elected police and crime commissioner to understand the reasons we are continuing to see an increase in certain types of crimes and to ensure the acting chief constable puts in place measures to tackle all crimes and keep Cheshire a safe place to live”, David concluded.