First Colnbrook crime figures since PCSO contract termination frame relaunch of NAG
Recorded crime rose 13% last year in England and Wales, and 10% across the Thames Valley area. However, in a tumultuous period which saw the ending of the PCSO contract and upheaval in the NAG, Colnbrook has fared much worse.
Figures released from the Office for National Statistics this week showed that reported crime rose in the year to June by 13% nationally. The figures, partly due to changes in the way in which crime is reported, nevertheless received a lot of publicity and put focus on police funding.
Thames Valley managed better, although the area still saw a 10% rise.
But in Colnbrook with Poyle, crime rose by 18% in the same period.
While statistically irrelevant the figures are significant in that they mark the first full year of crime figures since parish councillors voted to end the £34,000 a year funding to Thames Valley for the provision of extra PCSO support for the village, in June 2016.
Crime remains erratic in the parish, and with PCSO support patchy anyway last year, when crime was lower, it will be difficult to reach more than anecdotal conclusions on the real impact of the funding termination.
What’s clear is that crime remains high.
As of August 2017, the most recent month for which statistics are available, vehicle crime is by far and away the biggest single category of crime in the parish with 185 in the preceding 12 months.
Anti social behaviour remains stubbornly high in the number two position, with 148 incidents; while violence and sexual offences, disturbingly, is the third most common crime, with 139.
The figures – and trend – will frame the latest relaunch of the Neighbourhood Action Group.
Parish vice-chair Puja Bedi has announced that she has taken steps to get the NAG moving again, and the group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, 25th October:
“After the successful meeting of the multi agencies that support the NAG such as SBC, TVP & L&Q, Im really glad to putting the NAG back into place.
“It had lost its momentum, but with the input and commitment shown by you all we will be working closer together with the multi agencies and looking to do what the NAG has always inspired to do, keep our village clean and safe.”
Residents are encouraged to attend.
Cllr Bedi added:
“The more support we have the better, the more issues that we can address the better our place of living will be”.
Going forward meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of every month with a new time of 6pm.
The NAG will meet at St Thomas Parish Church from 6pm on Wednesday, 25th October. The meeting will hear updates from Slough Borough Council, Thames Valley Police, and L&Q.