Labour's Stuart King looks at the statistics
Just thought I'd provide some information on crime rate in the constituency because, if you like this sort of thing, they're quite interesting.
A lot is often made of the high crime rate in Roehampton. Yet it's actually Thamesfield - the laregly very affluent area around Putney High Street and along the river - that has the highest crime rate: 148.1 crimes per 1,000 people. The reason for this surprising figure is a large number of theft and handling offences (as distinct from burglaries or robberies/muggings); presumably shoplifting given the presence of the town centre.
The figures in the table below show the crime rate per 1,000 of the population. There are approximately 12-14,000 residents in each ward, and the figures are as of May 2007 - pulled from the Metropolitan Police website.
- West Hill is - by far - the least crime-afflicted ward in the constituency - and indeed anywhere in London: it's crime rate is almost half that of the Capital as a whole. East Putney and West Putney are also comparatively crime free, though East Putney suffers from the highest number of burglaries.
- Roehampton does have a relatively high crime rate - though not massively above the London average - but essentially this is due to three types of more serious crime that are worryingly prevalent there: criminal damage, drugs offences and violence against the person.
- Southfields also has a relatively high crime rate - like Thamesfield it's also got a high proportion of thefts.
It's always worth emphasising that Wandsworth is one of the safest boroughs in London so as they say on CrimeWatch: don't have nightmares. There's always more that can be done locally and I meet regularly with the Police to talk about local problems and how they're responding to them. Last week I met with Guy Ferguson, acting Borough Police Commander to discuss local policing issues in Putney, Roehampton and Southfields. It was the first of a number of local meetings I’ll be holding with the police.
I'm also keen to get more Neighbourhood Watches set up around the constituency: if you're interested in helping to get one going in your patch do get in touch - I'd love to hear from you.
The police do a great job in Putney and with police numbers up massively in London, we should recognise that we live in a pretty safe part of London.
July 19, 2007