To receive a verbal update from Chief Inspector Ronnie Egan.
Chief Inspector (CI) Ronnie Egan, District Commander introduced Detective Inspector Rob Kirby to the Committee who would be providing an update on burglaries. She then addressed the Committee and provided Members with a detailed update and highlighted the following areas:
· Current Crime – Maldon had one of the lowest accumulative crime rates from April to September in Essex and was one of the safest places in the county. Members noted that there had been an 11.8% increase in crime seen across the whole of Essex.
· Rural Crime Rates – CI Egan advised that she would circulate the figures relating to rural crimes after the meeting. Maldon had recorded 2,067 rural crimes, an increase of 31 compared with the previous year and 41 of these related to hare coursing.
· Rural Team – A new dedicated rural team would be operational from 1 October, based centrally and looking to target areas. It was noted that this team would give more impetus, visibility and presence out in the District.
· Domestic Abuse – It was noted that domestic abuse was a high profile area for the Police who were working closely with other agencies.
· Theft of Motor Vehicles – This had increased by 16 offences on the previous year.
· Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Cameras – These were now live. In every 24 hour period around 25,000 movements on weekdays were captured by the cameras with this figure dropping to 10 – 15,000 at weekend. This data was used to build an intelligence picture along with all cameras across Essex. DI Egan highlighted a number of specific areas where the ANPR cameras had been directly involved in assisting with prosecution, road safety, missing persons etc. She advised that the Committee would receive regular updates on achievements.
The Committee then received an update on dwelling burglaries from Detective Inspector (DI) Kirby which included the following information:
· There had been an increase in the distance people were travelling to commit burglary.
· Although there had been a small increase in burglaries, Maldon had the lowest number of burglaries and the most solved burglaries in the force.
· The Police had been engaging more with the public through social media, such as Facebook and the Essex Community Messaging service. DI Kirby gave an example of how information shared through social media had led to a quick arrest.
It was agreed that the Essex Police Performance Summary for all districts would be circulated to Members and the Chairman confirmed that this report would be brought to future meetings of the Committee.
In response to a number of questions raised by Members they were provided with the following additional information:
· CI Egan agreed to provide some further comparison to see how Maldon crime statistics compared with similar groups / area to provide better comparative. She reassured Members that although demand and recorded crime had to be compared across the same force area they did look across the country to identify any best practice.
· Sexual offences – Incidents involving over 16s were investigated by the public protection team but CI Egan agreed to seek clarity in respect of the figure reported.
Solved rates – The figures in respect of these were improving
but the types of recorded crime were increasing and making
solvability difficult. Members were
informed that this was an area where improvements were being
made. In respect of dwelling burglaries
DI Kirby advised that Maldon’s solved rate of 18% was to be
celebrated as it was well
the national average. He explained some
of the difficulties around identifying persons in order to solve
It was clarified that solved rates related to a positive outcome i.e. a charge to go to court, caution etc. Whereas conviction rates related to when a person appeared at court.
In response to a question regarding how dwelling burglary figures translated into convictions, CI Egan explained that these figures were only broken down for domestic abuse but she would clarify this with the Justice Department if it was of interest to Members.
The Chairman thanked CI Egan and DI Kirby for attending the meeting.