Steve McCabe MP says it’s a bit ironic that a constituency wide consultation he’s launching to gather views about rising crime, how it affects his constituents and their families and what should be done it, should coincide with his own recent encounter with two thugs who struck him in the face with a brick.
Recent crime statistics from the Office for National Statistics show that violent crime is up 18% and all recorded crime is up 10%. In Birmingham there has been in increase in burglaries, street muggings and assaults, car jacking’s and groups terrorising our streets on mopeds and motorbikes.
During the election in June, Steve pledged to work with local residents and the police to fight against crime, demand more resources for the police and work for specific action on anti-social behaviour and the motor bike menace. He wants to hear directly from local residents about their views on policing and rising crime.
Have you been personally affected by crime or anti-social behaviour? Should we look at strengthening stop and search powers? Have you used the non-emergency 101 police number to report anti-social behaviour, what was your experience? Keep an eye out for Steve’s full survey and let him know your views.
Steve McCabe MP said:
“This is something I’ve been planning for some time. It’s quite ironic that it should coincide with my own recent brush with a couple of thugs on motor cycles but what I experienced is sadly typical of exactly the kind of thing ordinary decent people are being subjected to in their own neighbourhoods every day of the week. It’s no surprise to me that crime is rising when West Midlands Police are at breaking point, trying to do more with 2000 fewer officers and a £126 million reduction in their budget since the Tories took over in 2010. My constituents are telling me they are scared they might be burgled if they go out or mugged just going to their car, we can’t have a situation where criminals think they can get away scot free because the police don’t have enough resources to catch them.
“I am calling for more resources for our police forces so they can get on with their jobs but I also want to see if there are new or different ways of tackling certain types of crime and anti-social behaviour. I want to hear from constituents about how rising crime and anti-social behaviour is affecting them, their family and their community so that we can be absolutely clear about the steps the government must take to get a grip on the lawlessness that’s beginning to destroy our communities.”