The Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester says it is “unacceptable” that local communities are bearing the brunt of the Government’s failure to fund policing fairly and properly.
Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, was reacting to Home Office statistics which show a continued rise in recorded crime across the region.
It follows eight years of real-term cuts imposed on Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
The statistics show a 27 per cent increase in total recorded crime in Greater Manchester, with a rise across the majority of crime types, including sexual offences and robbery.
The Deputy Mayor said: “Official statistics once again show a substantial increase in recorded crime. While some of this is down to improvements in how the police record crime, these figures highlight the increasing demand on policing and the impact on communities.
“But while our police officers and staff remain committed to protecting our homes and streets, over-stretched resources and the changing nature of crime mean our communities are bearing the brunt of the Government’s failure to fund the police fairly – and that is simply unacceptable.”
The Deputy Mayor added: “The Government has to stop taking our police service for granted and realise the impact that years of cuts and tumbling officer numbers is having on our communities.”
The figures for Greater Manchester include the following:
Total recorded crime – 340,005 – 27% increase
Violence against a person – 94,211 – 41% increase
Sexual offences – 9,550 – 39% increase
Burglary – 31,970 – 4% increase
Robbery – 6,939 – 48% increase
Theft offences – 122,948 – 6% increase
Vehicle crime – 30,863 – 19% increase
Some offences have seen a small decrease, such as:
Shoplifting – 17,400 – 3% decrease
Bicycle theft – 4,343 – 9% decrease
Theft from person – 6,648 – 1% decrease
(Pic: Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester)