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Crime statistics released today show that crime is changing not falling. Nationally there has been a 3% increase in recorded crime and a 1% increase in the West Midlands.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said,

“It is clear for all to see that crime is changing and not falling. These statistics show that clearly once again. We are seeing a reduction in crimes like criminal damage, theft and burglary, with other crimes such as sexual offences rising. Many of the crimes that are increasing in prevalence need much more intensive police work and investigation.

“On Tuesday when the Police Minister updates the House of Commons on the funding allocation for police forces I hope he will keep the disproportionate cuts we have faced in mind and give us a fairer deal.

“The disproportionate cuts to the West Midlands means that we are losing officers faster than we can afford to recruit new officers. The West Midlands has faced cuts of 23% over the last five years compared to some areas that have faced only 12% cuts.”

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