New Crime Figures

Christine Bayliss at the neighbourhood police panel
Christine Bayliss at the neighbourhood police panel

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Bexhill has blamed Government cuts to local policing budgets for the sharp rise in crime figures for the town since the start of the year.

Christine, a former Sussex policewoman, who is standing in the General Election in the Bexhill and Battle seat, blames swingeing cuts to the police budget for a lack of resources that have led to the increase in crime. Crime statistics for the town showed that burglary, car crime, shoplifting and hate crimes had all increased year-on-year.

She said: “I am afraid this is another real-life example of the consequences of seven years of Conservative austerity. Sadly the consequences of the cutbacks are not felt by the few, but instead everybody who lives and works in the town suffers the consequences.

“A Labour Government would begin to reverse these cuts and put more bobbies back on the streets of our towns. I believe that there is a direct connection between these dramatic increases in crime figures and the reduction of police and community support officers on the beat in Bexhill. The Conservative cuts to the police budget are beginning to impact on public safety”.

The shocking crime increases were revealed at Bexhill Central Neighbourhood Police Panel on Wednesday evening 10 May. The Panel met at Bexhill Youth and Community Centre in Station Road.

They considered the new crime figures as the context for setting the priorities for policing in central Bexhill for the next three months. Overall shoplifting is up 57% on 2016, vehicle crime up 119% and Burglary up 74%.

A 27% increase in Hate Crime compared with the same period in 2016, coming nearly a year after the decision to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum, caused residents attending the meeting particular concern.

Bexhill Crime Statistics
   
1st January - 9th May
     
   
2016
2017
Increase
       
%
Shoplifting
 
51
80
57%
Vehicle crime
 
26
57
119%
Burglary
 
19
33
74%
Hate Crime
 
11
14
27%
Source: Bexhill Central Neighbourhood Police Panel

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