Criminals, not police, are to blame
IT is easy to be bamboozled by crime figures.
The statistics often seem to blind us rather than enlighten.
However, the numbers we report today send a very clear message – domestic abuse is a serious problem in this city.
More worrying still, as Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg points out, is that this is exactly the sort of offence that is likely to be under reported. He is absolutely right to appeal to victims to come forward so the police can take action. Too often violence in the home remains a guilty secret and the victims are too scared to speak out.
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There are other clear messages contained in these figures – the rise in violent crime, vagrancy and street drinking are worrying trends set against a background of recession.
Of course, it is easy to be lured into blaming the police for such trends. Certainly there are links to be made between the resources the force has and its ability to fight crime effectively. However, it is important to remember that while the police are responsible for tackling crime, it is the criminals – whether they be a burglar a vandal or a violent husband – who cause it.