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Bring back community policing to end scandal of 85% unsolved burglaries in Surrey

April 16, 2021 11:40 AM

Paul Kennedy with Lib Dem stake boardLocal Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Paul Kennedy 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 32229 crimes reported to Surrey Police last year were closed without a suspect being identified - including 4419 burglaries, 1162 car thefts and 183 robberies.

The party's analysis shows that 85% of all burglary cases and 42% of robberies in Surrey are closed without a suspect being identified.

Paul Kennedy, Liberal Democrat candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

"Everyone in Surrey should be able to feel safe in their homes and walking down our streets. But Conservative policies - whether imposed by Government or our PCC - are leaving our communities vulnerable and letting criminals get away with it.

"Surrey 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.

"I am calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people. I will do what works to build communities where people are safe and feel safe too."