10th Aug, 2020

Crime down - but expected to rise as restrictions are lifted

Ross Crawford 13th May, 2020

THE coronavirus lockdown has seen a fall in crime figures across Warwickshire – however the number is expected to rise as restrictions are lifted.

The finding came in a series of questions to Martin Jelley, Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police from the force’s civilian Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe.

“Crime is down across many categories, albeit with levels expected to stabilise and then return to more normal levels as restrictions begin to ease,” said Mr Seccombe, who added that the force is maintaining domestic abuse as a priority.

The Q&A session – with questions provided by the public – were part of an exercise the judge police response to the Covid-19 emergency.

“I was pleased to hear there remains strong public support for the approach they have been taking towards enforcement, only using it as a last resort when other efforts to engage with people have not proved effective,” said Mr Seccombe.

“There is good engagement with criminal justice partners such as the courts and Crown Prosecution Service, to help the continued administration of justice, despite the challenges the current circumstances bring.

“I am also pleased to hear of the continued commitment the force has to work with organisations across the county helping to support victims, many of which I provide funding to.

“I am grateful for the open way in which the Chief Constable and his senior team answered the questions put to them, particularly given the pressures the Covid-19 emergency brings.

“I continue to hold weekly meetings with the Chief Constable where I can discuss issues that the public share with me, so please do continue to get in touch.”

To read the full range of questions and the answers received visit www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/key-information/police-performance/performance-accountability-meeting-covid-19-edition/

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