Last week, I welcomed Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Surrey Police Commissioner David Munro to Elmbridge so that I could raise residents’ concerns, in particular regarding some localised increases in burglaries and anti-social behaviour. The Home Secretary also met with candidates for the local Council elections in May, Steve Bax, Ruth Mitchell and Simon Waugh giving them the opportunity to discuss important police and crime issues in their specific Wards.
Crime in Elmbridge is low compared to the national average, but it is still important to be vigilant. We are a target for criminals from outside the borough because of our location close to Heathrow, London and the M25. I know there have been issues with a spate of local burglaries (especially in Walton) and low-level anti-social behaviour (including in Molesey), and I raised these issues with the Commissioner and the Home Secretary.
The government is supporting Surrey police in dealing with these problems. We have committed to protecting the national policing budget in real terms until 2020, which means a £900 million cash increase by the end of the decade. We will also spend an extra £180 million on priority issues such as counter-terrorism and digital crime next year. There is also £200 million capital investment going into the National Crime Agency (NCA), to bolster its ability to tackle cyber-crime.