In light of worrying crime statistics concerning the area we live in, the Medway Labour and Co-operative Group will introducing a motion to the Full Council meeting on Thursday with the objective of securing more Police Officers for our area.

Cllr Tristan Osborne, Medway Labour and Co-operative Group Spokesperson for Community Safety said:

“Recent statistics have shown that Medway is the local authority with the one of the highest crime rates in England. Victim-based crime surveys show that crimes are more likely to be committed in our towns than in other comparable urban places such as Bristol, Nottingham, Darlington, Thurrock and Brighton & Hove. This is unacceptable and cannot go on.

“What we need now is an increased visible deterrent to crime on our streets. Therefore we will be submitting a motion at the next Full Council meeting urging the Council to do their utmost to secure at least 80 new police officers for our area, as currently we are clearly not getting enough resources from the Police and Crime Commissioner.”

Cllr Zoe Van Dyke, member for Strood North added:

“What is particularly worrying about these statistics is the sharp rise of 59% in anti-social behaviour from the previous year. This represents thousands of more crimes occurring on our streets annually compared to what was already an unacceptably high level of crime.

“Medway residents deserve to live free from fear of anti-social behaviour, and one thing I heard a lot on the doorsteps during my by-election campaign is that people in our area are very concerned about the increasing rates of crime.

“I agree with their concerns and will be seconding the motion to try and secure more Police Officers for our area.”

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