Borough remains safest in inner London
Published: Friday 27th September 13
Wandsworth continues to be the safest inner London borough, 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.
Wandsworth's community safety spokesman, Councillor Jonathan Cook, praised the work of police, the council's community safety department, and other local partners, in helping bring about a reduction in crime - and reassured residents that the hard work combating incidents of criminal behaviour would continue.
He said: "News that crime is falling will be welcomed across the borough.
"We have seen fewer incidents of violent offences, a reduction in the number of residential burglaries taking place, less racial and homophobic crime and a significant decline in car crime.
"However, we cannot be complacent and, alongside police and other local partners, we must continue working hard to cut crime further.
"We will be increasing efforts to help combat offences like robbery and domestic violence, as they are priority areas for us - and we will also look at ways of helping police tackle mobile phone thefts."
In August, the Met rolled out a London-wide Love your Phone campaign to raise awareness about mobile phone theft, which has been on the rise nationally and is a particular problem near stations and bus stops or in pubs, cafes and shops, as these are areas targeted by opportunistic thieves.
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 levels of domestic violence and increase the number of offenders charged.
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 109 - 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 combating 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.