Over the last few weeks I have received a number of emails from constituents regarding an increase in crime in Melton. I appreciate that this will naturally be of concern to many local residents, and I am determined to make our community as safe and welcoming as possible for all those who live and work here.
I have already taken this matter up with Leicestershire Police, who have made clear that whilst there has indeed been a rise in crime over the past twelve months, we have in fact seen a reduction in the sort of serious offences people are most commonly worried about – burglaries, theft from motor vehicles, and violent crime.
I understand, however, that this will be of little comfort to those who have already found themselves a victim in recent weeks, and I have followed up various cases directly with the Police for their urgent attention.
The local policing team have made several arrests of repeat burglars in Melton since October 2018 – two have been sentenced to prison and a third is awaiting trial. I am due to meet with Sergeant Iain Wakelam on Friday to discuss this in more detail and ask what more can be done to help residents feel safe in our town. I will also be meeting the new inspector overseeing the Melton Neighbourhood Policing Area, Siobhan Gorman, over the coming weeks.
Although I unfortunately can’t be there myself, I would encourage all those who are concerned about local crime to attend the public meeting arranged for Thursday 24th January, at 6:00pm at John Ferneley College.
Working with everyone involved – the Police, councillors, and local stakeholders – I’ll do everything I can to curb this recent trend. That includes looking at ways we can, for example, make better use of CCTV to deter and trace offenders, as well as means of improving support for victims.