Your chance to help shape borough’s crime and community safety priorities
Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Local people are being asked to take part in a new consultation that will help determine the borough’s priorities for tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.
The Wandsworth Community Safety Partnership, which includes the police, council, fire brigade and other public bodies, is currently drafting its new Community Safety Strategy and wants to ensure that the priorities it identifies accurately reflect the views and priorities of local residents and businesses.
Among the priorities likely to feature in the strategy are:
• Ensuring neighbourhoods are safe by tackling crime and anti-social behaviour including burglary and motor vehicle crime as well as violent crime such as robbery and knife crime.
• Preventing violence against women and girls.
• Preventing offending and reducing reoffending.
• Tackling hate crime, extremism and radicalisation.
• Keeping children and young people safe.
The consultation’s findings will help shape the new strategy and set out the actions the partnership will take to improve the safety and quality of life for communities in Wandsworth.
Wandsworth’s cabinet member for health Cllr Graeme Henderson, who is also the borough’s lead spokesperson on community safety, said: “We want to hear from all people who live, study, work, run a business, or visit the borough. We also want to hear from our partners as well as community and voluntary organisations so that we can make sure the strategy meets their needs.
“Listening to the views and concerns of communities is important in ensuring that we get it right and addressing the issues and concerns which have the most impact on our residents and businesses.
“The partnership has certainly seen some notable successes in tackling the types of crime that most concern the public, but we must not be complacent and must continue our efforts to drive down offending and tackle all crime types.”
The most recent crime figures show:
• The total crime rate in Wandsworth remains the lowest in inner London.
• Robberies/muggings have reduced by 24 per cent since 2017 and is at the lowest level in inner London.
• There has been an eight per cent reduction in knife crime since 2017.
• There have been fewer young victims of crime. Younger people aged between ten and 17 who are victims of robbery is down 53 per cent since 2019.
• There has been a reduction of seven per cent in residential burglaries since 2017.
• Reports of anti-social behaviour to the police are decreasing.
• There has been a 40 per cent reduction in theft of two-wheeled vehicles over the last two years.
• From 2020 onwards non-residential burglaries have increased by 31 per cent while thefts of four wheeled vehicles have risen 19 per cent.
• Eleven per cent of recorded crime in 2021 was domestic abuse and it’s widely recognised this type of crime remains under-reported.
• Violent crime is a longer-term trend which has increased by 12 per cent but Wandsworth is still the second safest Inner London borough.
To read more about local crime trends and community safety issues, please visit https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/wandsworthced/cs-22/user_uploads/20220902-ww-sa-on-line-surveyfinal-vr.pdf.
To take part in the consultation please visit the council’s website.
For further information, or to request a questionnaire in an alternative format, please email email@example.com or call (020) 8891 7777. The consultation will continue until December 21.
The Wandsworth Community Safety Partnership brings together Wandsworth Council, the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, NHS partners, the criminal justice system including the Probation Service as well as community and voluntary sector organisations involved with crime reduction and community safety in the borough.