As fiction’s great detective Sherlock Holmes told his affable friend and chronicler Doctor Watson ‘when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
Seven years ago, at the peak of Labour’s great financial crisis, some thought it impossible that Gordon Brown’s economic bust would not lead to an increase in crime. Many in the liberal media suggested that a rise in lawlessness was the inevitable consequence of recession.
Though crime in South Holland and the Deepings is low and falling, we can always do more – which is why I want to rid our area of persistent foreign offendersMP John Hayes
Yet, as improbable as bourgeois left commentators may find it, the evidence is clear – crime is at its lowest level since the crime survey began in 1981, and England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades.
In fact, crime has fallen by more than a fifth since this Government came to power. In the year to September 2014, overall surveyed crime fell by 11 per cent – to the lowest level ever recorded.
It is all too easy to dismiss these figures as mere statistics. But these falls are real and they matter for hard-working families up and down the country.
They show that there are now 2.4 million fewer crimes per year than when this Government took office. That includes 150,000 fewer homes burgled; 317,000 fewer vehicle crimes; 400,000 fewer violent crimes, and 941,000 fewer incidents of criminal damage.
The fact that for insurance purposes almost all burglaries and thefts from (and of) cars are reported validates the figures. Similarly, violent crimes are reported because of their very nature. So, there can be little argument with the facts.
Though crime in South Holland and the Deepings is low and falling, we can always do more – which is why I want to rid our area of persistent foreign offenders.
Powers introduced by the Government under the Immigration Act are enabling us to crack down on the endless appeals process that has been abused by criminals to delay their removal from our country.
Some 300 criminals have been deported and another 500 are due to be sent back abroad.
Sherlock Holmes described his arch enemy Professor Moriarty as ‘The Napoleon of Crime’. Thanks to tough measures introduced by this Government to ‘deport first, appeal later’ foreign criminals have at last, like Napoleon, met their Waterloo.