MP Robert Halfon claims Harlow burglars will be tagged
News / Fri 10th Sep 2021 at 10:03am
THE Government is introducing GPS tagging on burglars, robbers and thieves on their release from prison as part of the Beating Crime Plan. This new measure will be rolled out to Harlow following a Government trial in other areas.
This comes on top of the recruitment of 20,000 extra police officers, tougher sentencing and more powers for the police such as stop and search and powers to remove unauthorised encampments claims MP Robert Halfon.
In a letter to Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, the Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, explained that the Beating Crime Plan set out how the Government “will improve public protection and increase public confidence in the justice system” adding that the Government are “determined to make the best use of this valuable technology to reduce crime and protect the public by bearing down on repeat criminals who are blighting our neighbourhoods: 49% of all adults convicted of theft (including burglary) and 27% of all adults convicted of robbery go on to reoffend within a year of release.”
Mr Malthouse made clear that “through this legislative power we aim to deter further offending and reduce crime”.
Commenting on the new announcement, Robert Halfon MP said: “I pledged at the last election to do everything possible to make Harlow’s streets safer with more police, tougher sentencing and more powers to tackle crime. That is exactly what I have voted for in Parliament and I will be supporting further measures because there is still so much more to do.
“I know that many residents are concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly in Little Parndon. I am meeting with the Chief Inspector on Thursday to discuss this and to ensure that the police take all appropriate action.
“I will continue to work hard to ensure that Harlow gets its fair share of the 20,000 more police officers and furthermore, that the police and criminal justice system has the powers needed to tackle crime properly.”
An article about crime and criminal justice that Mr. Halfon knows nothing about. It is full of warm words and clichés that mean nothing to the public and as this organ found out, police numbers in Essex and Harlow are falling. Did he mention that note in the Treasury again?
My heart goes out to Harlow residents who, like me are constantly frustrated at the complete lack of police action regarding anti-social behaviour including the drug dealing that openly takes place on our streets, the youths on motorcycles, dirt bikes and mini motos doing wheelies on and off the road and driving recklessly around our housing estates and the kids committing wanton acts of vandalism on parked cars and much more besides. See this happening and want to report what’s going on in your neighbourhood? If you ring Essex Police and the standard response is “we have no officers available”. But that shouldn’t be any surprise and I have every sympathy with the police officers who are just as keen as we are to arrest offenders. This Tory government is boasting about recruiting 20,000 more police officers to make our streets safer. What nonsense! There can’t be 20,000 more or extra police officers until you replace the 21,000 police officers the Conservative government cut in 2010. Even if it manages to recruit that number of police officers over the life of this parliament, it will do no more than return the number of officers to 2010 levels. A lot has happened since then - record levels of knife crime, the massive growth in county lines, yet almost nine in ten crimes now go unsolved. People often ask why bobbies no long patrol our streets on bikes or foot. Well, let’s not forget the government has also cut 23,000 support staff and closed 600 police stations, making communities less safe in the process. The local bobbie was replaced by police community support officers (PCSOs). Or at least they did. PCSO jobs have been hit even harder than police officer or police staff jobs with 3,350 jobs disappearing between 2012 and 2016. The remaining PCSOs complain that they no longer have time to do the community policing they were employed to do. So, it should be no surprise that we have all experienced ever rising anti-social behaviour in our communities. Our MP Robert Halfon said: “I know that many residents are concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly in Little Parndon. I am meeting with the Chief Inspector on Thursday to discuss this and to ensure that the police take all appropriate action.” I hope he will share the outcome of this meeting and the promises made with Your Harlow. The police respond to crimes ranging from fraud to violent assault, while also conducting prevention work such as patrolling, gathering intelligence or collaborating with other agencies to protect the public from sexual offenders. But not all of the police’s work relates directly to crime. Forces also deal with mental health incidents, traffic accidents or missing persons, and make referrals to local authorities’ children’s social care departments. While I can support burglars and thieves being tagged, surely the priority should be preventing the crime in the first place and that isn’t simply down to a lack of police officers. Indeed, quite a lot of what drives crime rates is nothing to do with the police. Cutting mental health services and youth services has quite a big effect. Youth and diversion services have been eviscerated since austerity. So much for Boris saying the government is driving down crime and making streets safer. Tory policies have done exactly the opposite.
Why is it when you come out of prisons why can’t you tag all the people that get arrested and then let off even if it is your first offence
This story is a bit misleading insinuating that only Harlow burglars will be tagged. Not those from Liverpool, Manchester or Glasgow.... Just Harlow. Also did Honest Bob Halfon do this all on his own? I thought not. With these in mind, should the headline write the more honest headline.... GOVERNNENT claims burglars will be tagged