Violent crime up in Salisbury

Violent crime up in Salisbury

Violent crime up in Salisbury

First published in News Salisbury Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

VIOLENT crime in Salisbury is up by 4.1 per cent on last year.

It is believed much of the violence is fuelled by late-night drinking.

Police and the authorities are working on a plan to tackle the increasing number of late night brawls and fights on the city’s streets.

They hope that by working with the local council, Salisbury BID team, licensees and the military they will be able to reduce late night violence.

This will be backed up by the Pub Watch scheme that attempts to increase night-time safety in the city.

Steve Godwin, from Salisbury BID, said: “We are working with a radio system to help coordinate all the pubs, clubs and police at night.

“This means that we know who the troublesome people are and they can be refused entry to bars and clubs once they have caused trouble.

“Another issue is making sure that we disperse people after they leave nightclubs. “There can be 1000 people in the city centre at 3.30am on a Sunday morning so it is about working with taxi companies to make sure people get home as quickly as possible.”

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, believes the police are on top of the issue and the public should not be too worried by the statistics.

He said: “The rationale advanced to me by the constabulary is that part of the rise is due to increased confidence in the police.

“If this is correct I see it as a positive. It means that the public are more confident that the police will act on crimes that they report.

“Another factor advanced is that the police are now recording violent crimes more accurately.”

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7:52pm Wed 27 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

"Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, believes the police are on top of the issue and the public should not be too worried by the statistics. He said: “The rationale advanced to me by the constabulary is that part of the rise is due to increased confidence in the police."

Part of the rise in violent crime is due to 'increased confidence in the police'?
I have given that statement much thought and, it still makes no sense.
"Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, believes the police are on top of the issue and the public should not be too worried by the statistics. He said: “The rationale advanced to me by the constabulary is that part of the rise is due to increased confidence in the police." Part of the rise in violent crime is due to 'increased confidence in the police'? I have given that statement much thought and, it still makes no sense. karlmarx
  • Score: 16

8:46pm Wed 27 Aug 14

hairy poppins says...

I almost can't believe I read that.

Violent Crime up = "a positive" says Crime Commissioner ?!?!?!?!!?!!!!!

Gobsmacked.
I almost can't believe I read that. Violent Crime up = "a positive" says Crime Commissioner ?!?!?!?!!?!!!!! Gobsmacked. hairy poppins
  • Score: 21

10:15pm Wed 27 Aug 14

vcg507 says...

Violent crime is up because the PCC closed the City Police Custody Unit. Police are now very very reluctant to arrest anyone and face a four hour round trip to Melksham Custody Suite. This not only wastes their time but leaves the City woefully under policed . And I must say, I don't blame them.

For the PCC not to acknowledge this fact, only goes to show how out of touch he really is.
Violent crime is up because the PCC closed the City Police Custody Unit. Police are now very very reluctant to arrest anyone and face a four hour round trip to Melksham Custody Suite. This not only wastes their time but leaves the City woefully under policed . And I must say, I don't blame them. For the PCC not to acknowledge this fact, only goes to show how out of touch he really is. vcg507
  • Score: 19

9:29am Thu 28 Aug 14

gingin says...

Not just the fault of issues with the police but if a person is drunk already and loud should the owners or managers of drinking establishments refuse to serve them more drink. It's no good once they have caused trouble to refuse them entry to bars.

They fall out on the street incapable of controlling their own actions.
Not just the fault of issues with the police but if a person is drunk already and loud should the owners or managers of drinking establishments refuse to serve them more drink. It's no good once they have caused trouble to refuse them entry to bars. They fall out on the street incapable of controlling their own actions. gingin
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Thu 28 Aug 14

vcg507 says...

And, why does the PCC never respond to any comments in the Journal? It is, after all, the only dedicated newspaper for the only City he has responsibility over. Does he not bother to read it, or does he read it and not bother to make any response? Either way, its an appalling example of his "Ivory Tower" approach to consultation with the people that he claims to represent.
A disastrous appointment, only amplified by the sheer ignorance shown by his colleague in Rotherham.
And, why does the PCC never respond to any comments in the Journal? It is, after all, the only dedicated newspaper for the only City he has responsibility over. Does he not bother to read it, or does he read it and not bother to make any response? Either way, its an appalling example of his "Ivory Tower" approach to consultation with the people that he claims to represent. A disastrous appointment, only amplified by the sheer ignorance shown by his colleague in Rotherham. vcg507
  • Score: 17

1:03pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Champers says...

Ironic as the are apparently only 3 officers on duty in salisbury overnight. They MUST be rushed off their feet!
Ironic as the are apparently only 3 officers on duty in salisbury overnight. They MUST be rushed off their feet! Champers
  • Score: 4

7:48am Sun 31 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

Champers wrote:
Ironic as the are apparently only 3 officers on duty in salisbury overnight. They MUST be rushed off their feet!
And the 'new temporary' police station in the council offices is only open during office hours... A blueprint for disaster, as we are witnessing now.
[quote][p][bold]Champers[/bold] wrote: Ironic as the are apparently only 3 officers on duty in salisbury overnight. They MUST be rushed off their feet![/p][/quote]And the 'new temporary' police station in the council offices is only open during office hours... A blueprint for disaster, as we are witnessing now. karlmarx
  • Score: 8

6:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Male 70+ says...

Having not long moved to Salisbury Ive noticed crime going up almost by the month. What happened to our oh so safe Salisbury at night with its 'Blue Flag' award ? What a joke! Got an idea... why not get our troops patrolling the streets, its said were getting thousands coming back after 'sorting out' other countries :- )
Having not long moved to Salisbury Ive noticed crime going up almost by the month. What happened to our oh so safe Salisbury at night with its 'Blue Flag' award ? What a joke! Got an idea... why not get our troops patrolling the streets, its said were getting thousands coming back after 'sorting out' other countries :- ) Male 70+
  • Score: 3

12:06am Wed 3 Sep 14

Grampie says...

Male 70+ wrote:
Having not long moved to Salisbury Ive noticed crime going up almost by the month. What happened to our oh so safe Salisbury at night with its 'Blue Flag' award ? What a joke! Got an idea... why not get our troops patrolling the streets, its said were getting thousands coming back after 'sorting out' other countries :- )
They always had the prescence of a Military Police car in the market square many years ago. I suppose they have been taken over by some security company now
[quote][p][bold]Male 70+[/bold] wrote: Having not long moved to Salisbury Ive noticed crime going up almost by the month. What happened to our oh so safe Salisbury at night with its 'Blue Flag' award ? What a joke! Got an idea... why not get our troops patrolling the streets, its said were getting thousands coming back after 'sorting out' other countries :- )[/p][/quote]They always had the prescence of a Military Police car in the market square many years ago. I suppose they have been taken over by some security company now Grampie
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Male 70+ says...

Grampie wrote:
Male 70+ wrote:
Having not long moved to Salisbury Ive noticed crime going up almost by the month. What happened to our oh so safe Salisbury at night with its 'Blue Flag' award ? What a joke! Got an idea... why not get our troops patrolling the streets, its said were getting thousands coming back after 'sorting out' other countries :- )
They always had the prescence of a Military Police car in the market square many years ago. I suppose they have been taken over by some security company now
How right you are Grampie. I remember that! Was National Service here in the 50's. They had a Military Police jeep for each of the branches (inc. Navy) And boy were they tough!, hardly any problems in the City with hundreds of us in the NAAFI club and pubs on a Saturday night.
[quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Male 70+[/bold] wrote: Having not long moved to Salisbury Ive noticed crime going up almost by the month. What happened to our oh so safe Salisbury at night with its 'Blue Flag' award ? What a joke! Got an idea... why not get our troops patrolling the streets, its said were getting thousands coming back after 'sorting out' other countries :- )[/p][/quote]They always had the prescence of a Military Police car in the market square many years ago. I suppose they have been taken over by some security company now[/p][/quote]How right you are Grampie. I remember that! Was National Service here in the 50's. They had a Military Police jeep for each of the branches (inc. Navy) And boy were they tough!, hardly any problems in the City with hundreds of us in the NAAFI club and pubs on a Saturday night. Male 70+
  • Score: 1

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