Public can shape local priorities on reducing crime

Published: Tuesday 13th June 17

Residents can have their say on local crime reduction priorities as Wandsworth seeks to build on its long-standing record as inner London’s safest borough.

A public consultation has been launched which will help shape the work of all the agencies involved in tackling crime and offending in Wandsworth over the next three years.

People who take part in the consultation will help the council, police, NHS, probation service and all the other agencies that make up the borough’s Community Safety Partnership get a better understanding of their concerns and priorities when it comes to combating crime.

The consultation is being held against a backdrop that shows a four per cent fall in violent crime in Wandsworth between April and November last year, cementing the borough’s record as inner London’s safest.

But in contrast there has been a sharp rise in vehicle related crime, especially thefts of mopeds and motorbikes. This has helped fuel an overall rise in recorded crimes in the borough.

Community safety spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We have very recently seen some tragic events where young people have been killed with knives and these are obviously senseless and dreadful crimes that have left our community shocked and distressed. It is hugely important that everyone in our community comes together to stand united against those who commit such heinous crimes.   

“The general picture though does show a continuing downward trend for violent crime, which is obviously welcome, and does build on the solid work undertaken by the police, council and other partners in recent years to target these types of offences. 

“An integral part of that success has been the borough’s extensive CCTV network which not only helps the police bring offenders to justice but also serves as a very strong deterrent to those prone to commit crimes involving violence.

“We have seen a significant rise in vehicle crime, especially involving stolen mopeds and motorbikes, and in my view that is an area that needs to be looked at in great detail.

“However what’s really important is hearing the views of local people. We need to listen to their concerns and their experiences so that we can draw up an effective series of proposals that addresses these priorities.”

Areas that have already been identified as keys issues for action include keeping children and young people safe, tackling violence against women and girls, reducing adult offending and re-offending and combating hate crime, radicalisation and extremism.

To find out more people can read the Strategic Intelligence Assessment report which looks at recent crime reduction performance and which is summarised in a series of helpful and informative slides. The consultation can be completed online and can be viewed alongside a video which also provides useful background. People who would prefer a paper copy of the consultation document can email or call (020) 8831 6255.

The closing date to submit comments is Monday, July 10.

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