Flytipping Dominates Knife Crime as High Concern for Milton Keynes Residents, Investigation Finds – MKFM 106.3FM
Residents’ issues over flies tipping and discarded trash overtook housebreaking, automobile crime and knife crime in an investigation of prime issues in Milton Keynes.
The outcomes of the Annual Crime and Group Security Survey 2020/21 had been reported at Wednesday (10/3) assembly of the Safer MK Group Security Partnership.
The variety of individuals collaborating within the annual survey rose to 1,284 from 2,361 final 12 months when the primary concern was knife crime following tragic murders within the metropolis.
Advisors on the assembly consider a rise in issues over the spill could also be as a consequence of residents strolling round extra domestically through the lockdown and reporting much more incidents than earlier than.
Canine proprietor Cllr Lauren Townsend (Lab, Bletchley West) stated she seen extra individuals transferring to Milton Keynes and welcomed an elevated variety of studies.
“It is good that the variety of studies is growing, in order that they are often handled extra rapidly,” stated Cllr Townsend, a member of the group security council cupboard and chairing the assembly.
She stated the council has invested in CCTV, tries to identify scorching spot points as they come up and exhibits the council is “a lot firmer, a lot more durable” in prosecuting offenders.
Cllr Jenni Ferrans (Lib Dem, Monkston) stated she thinks this 12 months has been ‘unusual for crime’ with totally different patterns between being locked up and never being locked up.
She stated she thought the variety of studies had elevated however that she “did not suppose the variety of instances had elevated” as a result of there had been a number of studies of the identical dumped gadgets.
Cllr Keith McLean (Towards, Olney) stated he acquired complaints from residents who got here again to him very quickly after to inform him the rubbish had been cleaned up.
“Whereas that is taking place, it will get cleaned up fairly rapidly, which is an efficient factor,” he stated.
Cllr Robin Bradburn (Lib Dem, Bradwell) stated there’s a “huge nationwide drawback” that requires a nationwide response.
Referring to an investigation by the BBC’s Panorama crew, he stated: “It is a big nationwide drawback and appears to have come onto the scene like organized crime.”
The principle issues of the survey had been: environmental crime, which incorporates dumping flies, dumping rubbish, canine filth and graffiti (67%), housebreaking 66%, automobile crime and theft 63%.
In 2019/20, the largest concern was knife crime at 77%. It’s now the fourth largest concern of MK residents.