Monday, 27 November 2006

Crime - where next


Today I went to Horndon-on-the-Hill where I know there has been a spate of burglaries recently. I met Mrs T*********. She is a widow and a pensioner. She explained that a couple of weeks ago the police had come to a meeting in the village and told residents that they just did not have enough manpower to have a proper police presence in the village.

Within 24 hours, in daylight, Mrs T was burgled. The thieves levered open a window and cut through the locks. "They took everything" she said. Her money, her watch even family photos. Memories that Mrs T will never be able to replace.

Mrs T will not be coming to Thursday’s meeting. She is too frightened to leave her house any more. We must stop this happening. Even the police say there are not enough police.

7 comments:

News is Good said...

I miss the part where you proclaim that you have a particular way of dealing with the situation that differs from that of the other candidates, or from me, or even from a random stranger - who may or may not be a criminal.

More police? On the streets? That seems to me to be a recurrent idea from all candidates, in all parties.

Malcolm Yates said...

Good luck on Thursday Vicky. You were an exceptional candidate in Northfield last year.

Vicky Ford, South Basildon and East Thurrock said...

I believe we need more police on the streets. A promise that the Conservatives gave in the last election. We need to be "tough on crime and the causes of crime" a promse that has not been carried out by Blair. Drugs are the cause of a many crimes. Reducing our drug dependant society relies not only on education and rehab (have you noticed how many drug rehab centres are in funding crisis?) but also on stopping the route from soft to hard drugs e.g. making cannabis illegal again. For people like Mrs T who have had their lives ripped appart we owe the right to know that if the thiefs are caught they will go to prison - and that that prison will be a true punishment. Did you see the case of the criminals who have just been paid three quarters of a million pounds because they thought they should be able to recieve heroin based substances in jail? I think that is outrageous.

Ed Woods said...

It appears that the time on your blog is set at Pacific Standard Time - So you made the post at 14.56PM GMT but appears on the blog at 06.56AM PCT.

Vicky Ford, South Basildon and East Thurrock said...

Thanks for pointing that out. Obviously it would be difficult to be meeting people before 6am!

Vicky

Pascal said...

As a blogger, you probably peruse the various police blogs.

One thing they all say is not that there is not enough police officers. What would you do propose to do to free up their time from paperwork, not just claiming more police which incidentally has probably been claimed by all politicians since the dawn of time.

As for the drugs, it is true that the policy of burying your head in the sand and going on pretending that drug prohibition works has been very successful, also it seems from the dawn of time.

As for the criminals who will receive compensation, I don't think methadone is heroin based to start with. "I think it is outrageous" is not a very convincing argument either.

Pascal said...

Sorry for reposting, but I forgot to edit myself!

As a blogger, you probably peruse the various police blogs.

One thing they all agree on is that there are enough police officers. What would you propose to do to free up their time from paperwork, not just claiming for more police which incidentally has probably been claimed by all politicians since the dawn of time.

As for the drugs, I do not think that the policy of burying your head in the sand and going on pretending that drug prohibition works, has been very successful. More of the same seems to be simplistic.

As for the criminals who will receive compensation, I didn't think methadone was heroin based. "I think it is outrageous" is not a very convincing or reasoned argument either.