Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on today’s crime statistics, said:
“The overall reduction in crime up to the end of last year is very welcome, especially alongside the fall of over 40 per cent since 1997. However today's figures also highlight some areas of concern and show the importance of continued vigilance in the fight against crime.
"In particular, the British Crime Survey shows a significant increase of 14 per cent in burglary compared to the same time last year.
“For victims of crime, the personal loss, distress and anxiety they face can be immense. Most people would agree that crime is still too high and we want it to continue to fall, as it did during the Labour Government.
“And that's why the Tory-led Government is wrong to make it harder for the police and communities to fight crime by cutting over 12,500 police officers, forcing specialist police units to close, and weakening powers on DNA, CCTV and anti-social behaviour.”
Commenting specifically on anti-social behaviour, Yvette Cooper MP said:
“The fall in the proportion of people reporting a high level of anti-social behaviour in their area is welcome, so too is the gradual increase in confidence in the police and local authorities to deal with anti-social behaviour. But there is still a lot more to do, which is why it is crazy of the Government to end ASBOs, weaken anti-social behaviour powers and cut prevention so hard. Weakening action against crime and its causes is unfair on local communities who still face problems.”