Crime rose by 1.2 per cent in Gloucestershire between
2000 and 2001 according to the latest Home Office figures.
There were 50,467 reported crimes in the county in the
year to March 31 2001 - 596 more than the same period
Robbery (theft with violence or the threat of violence,
including street mugging), house burglaries, fraud and
forgery offences went up.
Violent crime, sexual offences and vehicle crime went
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Blair famously promised that a Labour government would be "tough
on crime and tough on the causes of crime" in the early 1990s
when he was shadow home secretary.
Chief Constable Tim Brain
after five years in power the Prime Minister's pledge has a hollow
ring - especially in Gloucestershire which has seen many more robberies
and burglaries in the past year as well as a rise in fraud.
Britain winning or losing the fight against crime?
the question the BBC asked the nation on Wednesday September 18
in a day of programmes that aimed to get behind the figures and
present a true picture of crime across the UK.
part of the day Tim Brain, Gloucestershire's Chief Constable, appeared
on BBC Radio Gloucestershire - and we put some of your questions
on crime to him.
Brain recently said that public perception of local crime levels
was affected by "sensationalist reporting".
what did you think?
below are some of the questions we received.
seems to me that there has to be some correlation between
the increase in anti-social behaviour in Cheltenham at night-time
and the growth in the number of pubs and clubs in the centre
much of the bad behaviour is alcohol-fuelled, shouldn't all
businesses involved in the production and sale of alcohol
pay a special levy which could be used to fund cleaning up
operations and additional policing?
Fielder - Cirencester
efforts are being made to curb anti-social behaviour? My crime
experience - I beleive that Gloucestershire is no exception
to the rule in the fact that ASB occurs.
seems the police have limited powers to deal with young youths
often making many peoples lives a misery.
are the police attempting to do to decrease the problem and
in the long term how can we make parents responsible for the
actions of their minors?
We must attempt to develop a long term stategy that involves
the wider community. The Police and other groups ie schools
must work together.
would like to ask what (if anything) is being done to curb the
illegal use of so called "club cars". As I understand it this
term refers to very cheap vehicles which are jointly purchased
by groups of youths who then proceed to drive them, often recklessly,
and almost always without the benefit of tax, MOT, or insurance.
As and when they are involved in an accident, or are requested
to stop by police, the usual response is to race from the scene,
abandon the vehicle and make off on foot.To my knowledge there
have been several quite serious incidents in the Cheltenham
area as a direct result of these practices yet the police attitude
when such incidents are reported is one of "what can we do?
The culprits are untraceable".
he support the recruitment of new pcs from the ethnic communities
and if, as I expect, the answer is yes, what is he doing about
it ? Is there still a gulf between the police and the community?
few months ago I took my daughter to Tewkesbury Police Station
to have her bike post coded. She was told they did not have
the equipment and was directed towards a cycle shop in the
town. They in turn suggested there was nothing they could
do to help. What on earth is going on? Does the force want
to encourage young cyclists to protect their property - or
Postscript: she had her bike stolen last week!!!!!
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