|Borough Remains Safest In Inner London|
According to the latest figures from the Metropolitan Police
The Met’s statistics, which show a reduction in most types of crime in Wandsworth over the past year, reveal the total number of offences fell by 3.1 per cent.
Between August 2012 and July 2013, there were fewer incidents of violent crime in the borough, with less gang-related violence and a drop in gun crime.
Overall, the borough has the lowest crime rate in inner London per head of population.
Inspector Jayme Johnson said:
"These figures are encouraging and show people in Wandsworth are safer and less likely to become a victim of crime. Police officers and staff from the Metropolitan Police continue to work hard to prevent crime before it happens and catch criminals as or after they commit offences.
The campaign, designed by the Clapham Grand nightclub, had previously been successfully trialled in Battersea, where posters were out up in town centre venues encouraging people to take care of their phones in public places.
Last month also saw Wandsworth Council’s community safety department secure almost £2.5m in conditional grant funding for twelve projects between 2013 and 2017.
This includes funding for two independent domestic violence advocates to reduce
The money will also be used to fund a team tasked with reducing re-offending outcomes, tackling crime in burglary hotspot areas through community-driven work and continuing to assist the business community to reduce crime in town centres.
Cllr Cook said that an increase in the number of PCs on the borough’s neighbourhood police teams – from 50 to 104 – would also help combat crime locally.
Along with police and other borough-based partners, the council helps produce a rolling three-year Community Safety Partnership Plan, which lists priority areas to tackle as well as detailing methods of combatting different types of criminal offences.
Joined up working between the police, fire brigade, probation service, borough health services and the council will continue to help reduce incidents of criminal behaviour.
Members of the public should call 999 in the event of an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened. To contact the police for any other reason, call 101.
To find out more about the council’s community safety department visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/communitysafety.