Gavin Williamson MP welcomes dramatic fall in crime in South Staffordshire

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed the dramatic fall in crime in his constituency over the past five years.

Gavin obtained the statistics from the Home Office, following a Parliamentary Question to Ministers.

The figures show there has been a year on year decline in the number of incidents of recorded crime in South Staffordshire, which fell from 5,649 in September, 2009, to 4,048 in September, 2013.

The fall of 28.3% was almost a third higher than the nation decline of 21.3% over the same period.

On the figures, Gavin said: “Crime is an extremely important issue to many people in South Staffordshire. Indeed, a recent survey that I sent out showed it is residents’ second most important concern, after protection of the greenbelt. It is for this reason that I have been working hard to cut crime and anti-social behaviour. I am delighted to be able to say these actions have been successful and crime is coming down.

“More still needs to be done, but we have already made significant progress. Particular credit must go to the police, who have been working constantly to ensure that criminals stay off our streets and that South Staffordshire remains one of the safest areas to live in the UK.”

In his response to Gavin, the Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, said: “Recorded crime in South Staffordshire has fallen consistently over the past five years. This in line with the recorded crime statistics and the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales, which is based on victims’ experiences rather than police figures.

Both sets of data show police reform is working and crime is continuing to fall. Overall, crime has fallen under this coalition government by more than 10%, according to the Crime Survey, and this is mirrored by the fall in police recorded crime since 2010.”