1. PREVENTING & DETECTING HOUSEHOLD BURGLARY
Household burglary is one of the most psychologically impactive crimes a person can be subjected to. People find it hard to recover from the invasion of their home and quite often it can go beyond the loss of personal possessions and affect their livelihood too.
The current burglary detection rate within Wiltshire is unacceptable.
I intend to substantially increase the detection rate and through partner agencies enhance preventative measures to target harden vulnerable properties.
2. TACKLING VIOLENT CRIME AND DISORDER
It is a basic right of the people of Wiltshire to feel safe in their everyday lives whether at home, in their daily working lives or in a social environment.
Violence and disorder in any form is unacceptable. They both cause harm and fear in our communities.
For too long, there seems to have been a tolerance of unacceptable behaviour, whether this be for localised anti-social behaviour or violent behaviour in our pubs and town centres. Similarly, there seems to be a tolerance of Police Officers , Police Staff, Ambulance/NHS Staff, Fire Service Staff and other emergency workers being abused and subject of violence. This too is unacceptable.
I believe in robust policing of such situations, supporting officers in combating anti-social, disorderly and violent behaviour. I want offenders to know that they will be dealt with very firmly, and the public of Wiltshire to feel safe when going about their daily lives.
The gang and knife culture is growing within the UK and within Wiltshire. I am determined that it will not be allowed to develop within Wiltshire. I will support Officers in their stop and search powers to combat this disturbing culture and ensure that they have the necessary tools and training to enable them to effectively police this epidemic.
Additionally I want to introduce an educational programme in both schools and offender management systems to deter the carrying of weapons thereby reducing such criminal usage and enhancing the safety of our young people and the general public. I also recognise the importance of additional funding for youth services in our communities as a means of reducing knife crime and violence.
3. ROBUSTLY INVESTIGATING CRIME
The vast majority of criminal offences (in particular theft and burglary) are committed by a small number of repeat offenders. Whilst I am in favour of working with partners in attempts to rehabilitate these offenders, this often doesn’t work. These offenders need to be targeted and managed so that they have a fear of committing crimes as opposed to believing they can act unchecked.
Every crime report should be taken seriously and accurately recorded and where offender identity or forensic or witness evidence exists, every effort should be made to retrieve such material. Prompt scene attendance in serious crimes such as burglary and assault is vital to secure information , evidence and provide reassurance to victims.
Where a serial offender is identified, every effort should be made to pursue that individual’s potential criminal history and bring them to justice. This is even more relevant in the case of the most serious crimes.
4. ENHANCING THE REDUCTION AND DETECTION OF SEXUAL OFFENCES
Being the victim of a sexual offence, no matter what age or gender you are, must be one of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences you will endure.
The arrest and prosecution of offenders for sexual offences is very low, less and less people are being prosecuted and those that are, seem to be routinely acquitted. This must have a significant impact in encouraging victims to come forward.
I will ensure that each allegation is robustly investigated, that it is reviewed by an officer with experience in dealing with sexual allegations, that the relationship with prosecutors is enhanced and that victims are kept updated at every step of the way.
Only by building trust will we gain the confidence of victims to come forward and report sexual offences.
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