Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner (sounds like he actually commissions it) Alan Hardwick hails a downward trend in reported crime in the county.
But as with the coalition’s wildly publicised similar nationwide claims it seems that the emphasis should be on the word rather than what has really happened.
Having ‘reported’ witnessing a number of crimes being committed in and around Riverside ‘sheltered accommodation’ I have noticed with some reservations that, not only have the police apparently failed to follow these up, they don’t appear to have even ‘recorded’ them either.
When I tried to obtain reference numbers for these ‘reported’ offences, there weren’t any.
The particular crimes I refer to and actually witnessed included: breaking and entering, drug dealing and using, violence, theft and anti-social behaviour, which were presumably omitted from those much vaunted, so-called statistical reductions. Motoring offences I have also witnessed and tried to report without much luck include: illegal parking, drink driving, speeding, etc, etc.
Obviously many offences are going to be missed if you don’t have enough (or any) Bobbies on the beat, Mr Hardwick!
Oh and by the way! What happened to the 1,000 new volunteer police officers we were promised countrywide when you took office? I haven’t seen any of them patrolling the streets of Grantham!