Lisa Smart’s crime survey has shockingly revealed that 1 in 5 respondents from across Hazel Grove constituency have been the victim of crime in the last year.
“We have had over 1,000 responses to our crime survey since we launched it in the autumn, making this one of the largest surveys of this kind in Greater Manchester”, commented Lisa Smart. “Whilst this is a great area in which to live, it’s clear from the responses that there are huge issues with anti-social behaviour and burglary in particular. I’m particularly worried that so many residents didn’t end up reporting crimes to the police as they found it just too difficult to get through to the 101 number to report non-emergency crimes.”
With Greater Manchester Police’s own figures showing that 23% of 101 calls were abandoned in June 2017, Stockport Liberal Democrats have called on Mayor Andy Burnham to urgently increase the resources for the 101 service to make it easier for residents to report crime.
“The more information the police have, the better chance they have of stopping the culprits and ending the misery that this is causing to local people,” commented Lisa Smart.
Lisa and the Liberal Democrats have already been in touch with the local police about the results from the survey and will continue to work together with them to get a better deal for local people. If you have not yet been able to respond, there is still time to do so at lisasmart.org.uk/crime_survey.
The full results of Lisa Smart’s crime survey from over 1,000 responses showed:
92% of Hazel Grove residents do not see enough police officers on patrol
70% are dissatisfied with the level of police visibility in their local community
19% have been victims of crime in past 12 months
60% know of anti-social behaviour “hotspots” in their area
42% don’t feel safe in their area at night