On Friday 23rd November 2018 we had a Police and Community Together meeting at Wednesfield Community Association at the New Library in Well Lane.
Wednesfield North and South share the same Neighbourhood Police team. The meeting started with the acceptance of the Minutes of the last meeting.
The Police gave a report on crime covering both Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South.
There was quite a debate about the crime statistics. What is clear is that there is a spike in the number of vehicle crime that is taking place.
In total the Police informed us that some 79 vehicle crimes had taken place in Wednesfield. This is much more than the last period that the Police reported on. In fact it is a massive increase of 40% in vehicle crime in Wednesfield.
I made the point that these figures were well too high.
That if the crime statistics were accurate, it points to something serious going on in our Wednesfield Wards.
I urged the Police to take a look at this issue, and requested them to consider the impact that this crime wave was having on independent tradesmen who’s own livelihood, was being threatened by loss of their vehicles, with their tools being stolen from their vehicles etc.
I warned again that the residents were losing trust and confidence in the Police. I told them that on social media in Wednesfield and surrounding areas, people were openly looking for ‘criminal suspects’ that they believed were responsible for crimes such as these.
Vigilantism was likely to spread if the Police do not deal with these issues.
I underlined to the Police that this was an issue that needed more resources and a definite will to capture those responsible for these crimes. Everyone is aware that our Wednesfield Police are under resourced. We all recognise that the team of PC’s and PCSO’s are working hard for us.
But the need is for the Government to start putting resources into the Police. Crime statistics are rising, in areas that were once lauded as being ‘low crime’. It is so frustrating for everyone…but tragic, very tragic for the victim.