Mr. Alan Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors account for the fact that the incidence of crime has risen in south Wales when it has fallen nationally.
§ Mr. John Patten
In south Wales in 1988, 116,988 offences were recorded compared to 111,642 in 1987. Burglaries fell by 5 per cent., but there were 7,000 more thefts of or from motor vehicles. The south Wales police will be targeting car crime in the coming year. Members of the public can help by taking sensible crime prevention measures.