Slough’s top cop not ‘complacent’ despite crime being down

From the Slough Express:

Crime continues to fall in Slough but the town’s top cop is not ‘complacent’. The end of year crime figures were released this week.  Overall crime is down from 14,413 offences in 2011/12 to 12,583 in 2011/12, a fall of 12.7 per cent.

Priorities of burglary and violence against a person are also down – 22.7 per cent (1,322 down to 1,022 offences) and six per cent (2,488 down to 2,338) respectively.

Superintendent Richard Humphrey, Slough’s area commander, said:

“Crime is down and we are really, really happy that it’s down but that is not to say we are complacent.

“We want crime and particularly crime which impacts on people’s safety and their lives as low as possible.”

Areas where crime is up are burglaries non-dwelling – which includes everything from a garden shed to a business premises (up 17 per cent from 610 to 714) and assaults on a constable without injury (up 39.6 per cent from 48 to 67).

Supt Humphrey said the roll-out of Taser to selected front-line trained officers ‘gives us another mechanism to deal with violent offenders’.

Slough also has to deal with criminals coming from outside the borough to target the area, some from as far as Colombia.

In February suspects from Bradford, allegedly travelling to Slough and staying in low cost hotels, committing burglaries then returning to Bradford, were charged with Asian gold burglaries.

Slough has seen a decrease in calls from members of the public reporting prostitution – down 21 per cent.

Concerns over what will happen next year when EU rules are relaxed and more Romanian and Bulgarian citizens are able to come over seeking work were put to the commander.

He said:

“The articles I have read tend to suggest the majority of people who come over will be aspirational migrants looking for work.”

But he said the force is ‘not blind to the fact that could bring crime with it’.

Anti-social behaviour is also down.

Two anti-social behaviour orders (ASBO) and an anti-social behaviour injunction were secured against a family on the Britwell estate.

Neighbours had been subjected to years of abuse from one family including objects being set alight and thrown through windows and rubbish being thrown into gardens.

Two under 16’s have been removed on a voluntary care order from the family.

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