Commissioner’s concerns about unreported crime

Tim Passmore who is the new Police Commissioner for Suffolk
Tim Passmore who is the new Police Commissioner for Suffolk
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Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has voiced concerns about the levels of unreported crime - as figures reveal an annual drop in offences.

Tim Passmore spoke out as Suffolk Police disclosed there were 40,009 crimes in the county from last April to March this year - 5,632 fewer crimes than the same period the previous year.

He said: “I know from listening to people across Suffolk that despite this success, some crime is still under-reported and there are some concerns about the level of crime in the county.

“When crimes occur I want to encourage people to report it.”

Meanwhile, Mr Passmore held his first St Edmundsbury panel meeting, in Haverhill, last Friday with representatives of various community groups.

He said he aims to create a long term plan with the new chief constable Douglas Paxton for the next five to six years.

On potential budget savings, he spoke of the possibility of sharing facilities with other emergency services such as garaging.

He said: “We tend to have our own service repair and garage facilities for each part of the public sector. They all have many common features. Could we have more rationalisation of what garages there are but shared facilities? It could save a lot of money.”