MP says new local crime figures are 'deceptive'
MP James Heappey MP has welcomed news that crime in Somerset has
fallen by 12% since 2010, but believes more must be done to protect
Mr Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's great news that
nationally we've seen crime cut by over 32% to its lowest level
ever, however, the picture locally is slightly deceptive."
recorded crime has dropped, the figures released by the National
Rural Crime Network suggest that in rural communities fear of
crime is 20% higher and satisfaction with policing is 24% lower."
has resulted in over 25% of crimes in rural areas going unreported.
Additionally, the average cost of crime for a rural household
is over £2,500 and over £4,000 for a rural business."
the Farm Watch initiative is to be commended, more must be done
to tackle this scourge of the countryside. Our farmers already
have it hard enough and yet they are too often the victims of
added: "In the Police and Crime Commissioner elections it
is so important that Somerset makes itself heard. Rural crime
needs to be a priority for Avon and Somerset Police and we need
a PCC who will make sure that happens."