Dear All,

In response to the increase in crime within the villages, I have written to the Police & Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire. As most of you may be aware, because of the ongoing cutbacks in policing in the area, we no longer have any local police stations to turn to.

As you can see by my open letter I am requesting greater patrols in the area and a greater police presence in terms of patrols. It isn’t as much as we deserve as residents, however it is something to aim towards using small steps. I know that many of you have been victims of crime yourselves or have close friends and family who have.

Please feel free to add to my letter by sending letters to the Police and Crime Commissioner yourselves.

He can be contacted using the following email: [email protected]

Dear Mr Philip Seccombe,

I am writing to you in my capacity as the local councillor on the North Warwickshire Borough for the ward of Hurley, Wood End and Piccadilly.

Over recent weeks and months, the three above villages which I represent have unfortunately found themselves to be the ever increasing and regular victims of car thefts and home invasions. Although official statistics on crime in the area is going down – a trend seen mainly due to the decrease in reports of anti-social behaviour – the number of reports of crime of this nature is going up in the area.

The three villages all seem to be being targeted by gangs who are stealing desirable or expensive cars presumably for order. The knowledge of some of the area, car registrations and owners, clearly demonstrates that the perpetrators of crime are scouting the villages in the mornings and evenings to locate the cars they wish to steal.

They then return to the villages during the early hours, enter residents’ properties (often armed with knives) and steal car keys and the cars themselves. With all the increase in crime, it is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. It shouldn’t be down to individuals to police their own streets and protect their hard earned belongings and homes.

On behalf of my residents, I would like to request that the smaller villages in North Warwickshire, who are seeing this increase in crime, are given an increase in patrols at various points throughout the daylight hours (when the scouting must be taking place) and again during the early morning hours when the crimes themselves seem to be most prominent. It is my personal view, that an increase in patrols will send an alert out to those individuals and groups committing the crimes, that the villages are being monitored and this should help act as a deterrent.

As the Police and Crime Commissioner, you must be aware that we have no local police station in this section of North Warwickshire which coupled to the fact that we are located just off Junction 10 of the M42 and the A5, gives criminals multiple options to escape the scene of a crime with minimal detection.

I do understand that it is unlikely that a crime may be caught happening in progress during these patrols, but it is my hope that whilst scouting the local area, gangs may see the patrols and know that the area has increased monitoring. We currently have next to no police presence in any of the three villages and a simple step up of regular police patrols can surely only act as an improvement and reduce the vulnerability of my residents.

Yours sincerely,
Councillor Owen Phillips
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