Restore community policing to end scandal of 14,592 unsolved crimes in Norfolk

Local Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner candidate John Crofts is calling for a return to proper community policing, as half of all people say they never see police patrols in their local area.

New analysis by the Liberal Democrats reveals that 14,592 crimes reported to Norfolk police last year were closed without a suspect being identified – including 1,923 burglaries, 325 car thefts and 114 robberies.

The party’s analysis shows that 70% of all burglary cases and 29% of robberies in Norfolk are closed without a suspect being identified.

John Crofts, Liberal Democrat candidate for Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“Everyone in Norfolk should be able to feel safe in their homes and walking down our streets. But this Conservative Government is leaving our communities vulnerable and letting criminals get away with it.

Norfolk police need the officers, resources and time to focus on preventing and solving crimes. Instead, Ministers want to waste police time chasing centralised Whitehall targets and carrying out pointless, suspicionless Stop and Search.

“Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people. We will do what works to build communities where people are safe and feel safe too.”