|Wandsworth Businesses Under Attack|
858 hit by thieves and robbers this year
The report recommends preventative measures such as handing out DNA sprays to small businesses, as part of crime prevention kits, and establishing a digital crime mapping database, which identifies crime trends and hotspots, ultimately helping police gather evidence and target their resources more effectively.
Conservative London Assembly Member for Wandsworth and Merton, Richard Tracey, said:
“High Street Blues” also includes in-depth interviews with 32 shops and traders*. 94% (30) have suffered crime more than once. Of these, 47% (14) have suffered from serious crime such as burglary and violence, while 77% (23) have been victims of theft. When it comes to reporting these crimes, 73% (22) of victims say they would not bother going to the police either because they feel it is a pointless exercise, or because they have found the police response unhelpful in the past. “High Street Blues: Tackling Small Business Crime in London” can be accessed at: www.glaconservatives.co.uk/hsb