Do North East Lincolnshire crime fighters have too many priorities?
DO CRIME fighters in North East Lincolnshire have too many priorities?
That was the question posed by local councillor Iain Colquhoun, who suggested that having as many as seven rather devalued the concept.
The seven priorities are outlined in North East Lincolnshire’s Joint Strategic Intelligent Assessment (JSIA), which is put together by the borough’s safer and stronger communities partnership.
Speaking at a meeting of the safer and stronger communities scrutiny panel, Councillor Colquhoun (Con, Waltham) said he had an “inkling” that seven was “maybe too many”.
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He also questioned the logic of having dwelling burglary, which has dropped considerably, as a priority.
Spencer Hunt, the council’s safer and stronger communities service manager, said: “My view is it’s six plus a new approach to organised crime. The police concentrate on four. What we have decided to do is have a couple more than the police because we feel as a partnership we can manage that number of priorities.”
On dwelling burglaries he said: “This is a similar dilemma to last year. If you remove dwelling burglary from the central strategy you could see that start to rise and the good work we have done become a little bit undone.”
Councillor Colquhoun replied: “Up to a point, but I remember a number of years ago car crime was particularly prevalent and it was decided that we take that off the list.
“Car crime didn’t go through the roof again.”
Colin Lomas, the council’s community services manager, said: “When we asked members of the public what crime had the biggest impact on their neighbourhoods people did say dwelling burglary. That’s one reason why it should remain.”