Bob Ainsworth has uncovered worrying figures which show that recorded incidents of burglary, robbery and offences against vehicles increased in the Coventry local authority area during the financial year 2010-11.
The figures, which emerged in response to a parliamentary question asked by Bob, reveal that police recorded offences of robbery in the Coventry local authority area increased from 616 in 2009-10 to 816 in 2010-11 (an overall increase of around 32 per cent). Over the same period the number of burglary offences increased from 3,977 to 4,459 (an increase of around 12 per cent) and offences against vehicles increased from 3,458 to 3,929 (an increase of around 13 per cent).
The only good news to emerge from the figures was a decrease in the number of offences of violence against the person from 6,552 in 2009-10 to 5,153 in 2010-11 (a decrease of around 21 per cent).
“These figures will cause concern in Coventry and people will rightly think that this Tory-led Government is taking an irresponsible gamble with policing and public safety in our city.
“Crime fell nationally by 43% under Labour and the chance of being a victim of crime was at the lowest since records began. Now this Government is throwing that progress away. Crime has stopped going down at the same time that this Government is recklessly cutting thousands of police officers in the West Midlands and in every other police force in the country.
“It is clear that this government needs a plan to cut crime and they need to take action now before crime rates increase any higher”.