by paulankers on 9 August, 2017
A survey by the Liberal Democrats has found that 53% of people who called 101 – the non-emergency Police phone number – gave up before speaking to the Police.
Most people who did get through waited for more than five minutes, with some waiting for 30 minutes or more for the call to be answered.
The scale of the problem was uncovered by Claire Halliwell, Stockport Liberal Democrat spokesperson on crime.
“Thousands of crimes are going unrecorded and people are wasting hours sitting on the phone. It also means the Police are missing half the picture on crime. Important intelligence is being missed, meaning the Police may not be targeting their efforts efficiently,” said Claire.
Hazel Grove LibDem Paul Ankers said, “The cuts are biting, crime is up around here by 20% in the last two years. Cutting funding for the 101 number is a false economy. The public deserve access to policing”3 Comments