|London Crime Figures Show Drop In Offences
Mayor welcomes London’s big crime drop – outpacing the rest of the country
Official annual crime figures released today demonstrate the clear progress being made by the Metropolitan Police Service in cutting crime in the capital compared to the rest of England and Wales. London saw a total of 698,729 offences in 2013/14 – down by over 70,000 offences in a single year.
The latest statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today show a year-on-year reduction in recorded crime of 6 per cent in London, compared to no drop in crime in England and Wales. Without this level of crime reduction in London, recorded crime nationally would be rising for the first time since 2002/03.
For key victim-based crimes like robbery and burglary, figures show the London reduction is even greater – down 19 per cent and down 8 per cent – far in excess of the robbery and burglary reductions seen elsewhere. Excluding fraud offences, overall crime rose in almost half of forces (18) across the country last year. Out of 43 forces, only Northamptonshire and Sussex had a bigger crime reduction than London.
For comparable urban forces, the Metropolitan Police Service recorded the biggest reductions in crime in the latest figures. Two similar forces, West Midlands Police and Greater Manchester Police both recorded an overall increase in crime.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said:
Stephen Greenhalgh, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime said:
July 14th 2014