Sir Graham’s pledge that all burglary victims in Cambridgeshire now get visit from a police officer
11:45 23 July 2014
All burglary victims are visited by police to take forensic evidence as part of a crackdown on crime, according to the Cambridgeshire police crime commissioner.
Sir Graham Bright said burglary had been on his number one hit list since his appointment and vowed that in every single burglary in the county an officer had gone to investigate.
He said: “This has been one of my priorities right from the word go. For instance, way back, policemen used to turn up after a burglary, sort of two or three days later, and give you a crime number. That doesn’t happen. Every single burglary a policeman has been on site to have a look at it.
He also denied the suggestion that his burglary pledge did not include scene of crimes officer.
“Well of course they do. Yes. That’s the idea of calling,” said the commissioner.
“Obviously these burglaries often form a pattern, and it’s by putting that together you can sort of eventually catch the person involved.
“You only stop burglaries if you catch burglars, and you only catch burglars if you go and have a look to see whether you can identify what they’re about.”
Sir Graham, in a BBC local radio interview, also claimed that 95 per cent of people in Cambridgeshire who have suffered a burglary were satisified with the way in which it was dealt with by police.
His comments came on the back of a report which claimed that as many as 18 police forces, including Cambridgeshire, would not be able to deal with murders, rapes and riots if budget cuts continue.
The warning was contained in a report by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary.
Sir Graham said some of it went back four years and things have: “Moved on quite dramatically since then,” including Cambridgeshire going into a partnership agreement with Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Police.
He said: “I’ve often said that when we had the Soham murder, it really virtually stopped Cambridgeshire Police in their tracks.
“When we had the triple-murder at Peterborough it didn’t because we were able to draw on Hertfordshire. So that’s the whole idea of doing that.”