Fall in crime rate across Wales welcomed by Jenny Willott MP & Eluned Parrott AM

October 21, 2013 10:31 AM

JW&EP

Crime rates in Wales have dropped by 7% in the last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today.

Figures show crime against households is also down by 7% across the country compared with the same time last year and has hit the lowest level since the ONS record began in 1981.

Crime has been lower under the Coalition Government than during every single year Labour was in power - it has also halved since hitting peak levels in 1995.

Commenting, Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"Crime rates across Wales have fallen, by up to 14% in some areas. People should be able to go about their daily lives without being scared of becoming victims of crime, and Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are helping to make their lives safer.

"However, South Wales Police foots the bill for a lot of extra policing in Cardiff, which as a capital city hosts many big events, without receiving any of the extra funding which London and Edinburgh receive. I want to see a fair policing budget for Cardiff to ensure even lower crime rates here."

Eluned Parrott, AM for South Wales Central, said:

"The drop in the number of crimes is very welcome. It shows we are tackling crime better than at any time since 1981 and are providing better results for people than Labour ever did."

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