THE first police crime commissioner for the Thames Valley has pledged to crack down on drug and alcohol abuse.
Anthony Stansfield, who was elected in November, was launching his action plan for the next year.
He said: “A significant amount of crime that directly affects the public is caused by the excessive consumption of alcohol and the need of drug addicts to fund their addiction.
“Alcohol is a primary cause of violence and antisocial behaviour with much of this crime happening in the late-night economy.”
He pledged to work with councils to control pubs and clubs.
Mr Stansfield added: “Drug addiction lies behind a large proportion of domestic burglary and shoplifting and, in some cases, results in violence.
“Prolific and persistent offenders cause the majority of crime in the Thames Valley and this is particularly the case with burglaries.
“The police can apprehend those who commit these crimes but if they are immediately released to re-offend, crime will not be reduced.”
He said that deterrents, education and electronic tagging reduced the chances of criminals re-offending.