In response to growing calls for thorough police investigations into thefts, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion has pledged to ensure that West Mercia Police remains committed to serving the public. This comes after Home Secretary Suella Braverman emphasised the need for police to investigate every theft and pursue all reasonable leads to apprehend culprits.
Recent Home Office data reveals a concerning trend: 73.7 per cent of theft cases closed in the year leading up to March 2023 had no suspects identified by the police. This statistic is the highest among all crime categories in England and Wales. In West Mercia specifically, theft offences witnessed a 15 per cent spike from April 2023. On a brighter note, the rate of offenders charged has seen a rise, moving from 9 per cent to 12 per cent.
PCC John Campion expressed his commitment to the cause, stating, “I am dedicated to ensuring that all victims of crime receive the top-notch service they anticipate and deserve from West Mercia Police, as outlined in my Safer West Mercia Plan.”
He further emphasised the importance of pursuing all viable leads when a crime is reported and ensuring victims are provided with the necessary support to recover fully. Campion added, “The Home Secretary's recent announcement reinforces my commitment to ensuring that the public reaps the benefits of a record number of police officers in West Mercia.”
PCC Campion concluded by assuring that he will consistently support and challenge the Chief Constable on policing priorities, ensuring that officers are equipped with the necessary resources and tools to reduce crime and ensure justice is served.