Violent crime is up 27 per cent – Boris should be very concerned

The London mayor refuses to acknowledge the effect his policies have had on crime rates

 

Only last month Boris Johnson boasted that ‘crime continues to fall’ in London. But his complacent attitude ignores a deeply concerning trend of rising crime in nearly half of the capital’s boroughs, fuelled by alarming increases in some of the most violent offences.

Official figures from the Met reveal a very worrying picture. Compared with the previous year, crime is up in 15 of London’s 32 boroughs. In some boroughs, such as Hillingdon, the rise is as high as 14 per cent.

Alongside this, according to the mayor’s own annual survey, only 37 per cent of Londoners believe that the Met provide a ‘visible, reliable and responsive’ presence in their local area.

When you consider the mayor’s abysmal policing record it is no wonder the concern is so widespread. Despite recruitment in recent months, we still have 4130 fewer uniformed officers than we had in 2010. Meanwhile, the mayor has undermined the efficacy of local policing by cutting neighbourhood teams from six officers to just two.

The latest figures show just how profound an effect the mayor’s policies have had on crime levels in the capital.  But what is perhaps most concerning about these rises is that they are significantly driven by disturbing increases in some of the most serious offences.

Violent crime has soared 27 per cent in the capital over the last year; a fact that will undoubtedly worry many Londoners. And people in the capital are right to be concerned about an increase in some of the most grave offences on London’s streets. Wounding and GBH, harassment and common assault have each risen by over 30 per cent in the last twelve months, whilst murder, assault with injury, and other violent offences have also significantly risen.

The Met stated months ago that the rise in violent crime was down to ‘better recording methods’ and also that there is a problem with alcohol-fuelled violence, particularly in town centres. They have since launched an initiative in attempt to crack down on offences of this kind. Yet with crime continuing to rise in many boroughs, it is too early to say whether their actions are effectively tackling this escalating problem.

As London’s police and crime commissioner, the buck inevitably stops with the mayor. London cannot afford for the mayor to be so complacent on an issue so serious as this. For months I have been raising this issue with the mayor while he has continued to refuse to see the warning signs. The time has come for him to get a grip, accept that there is a serious problem and take some action to reverse this trend before it becomes entrenched.

Joanne McCartney AM is Labour’s London Assembly Crime Spokesperson. Follow her on Twitter

13 Responses to “Violent crime is up 27 per cent – Boris should be very concerned”

  1. billericaydickie

    Violent crime is black on black. Get used to it. We can’t prevent young black men stabbing and shooting each other. How can the Mayor stop it? I really would like an answer and do look at http://www.obv.org.uk about how, it seems, the Met are conspiring to kill young black men. Coppers should sue.

  2. Guest

    “Blacks are inferior”.

    Keep doing it, as you want the police to sue black people as well as the usual harassment.

  3. Kathryn

    This could use an actual link to official figures by the way.

  4. billericaydickie

    How dare you say blacks are inferior, that’s racist. Most violent crime in London is carried out by young men of African Caribbean descent. Even the black press and politicos say this.

  5. billericaydickie

    Yes Leon? Anything else you would like to add?

  6. billericaydickie

    What I would like to see are rank and file police officers suing the racists of Operation Black Vote and The Voice newspaper. for the lies that are being told in both forums. Would you like to discuss this in English?

  7. Guest

    Yes, can’t allow free speech in your world, as you show your ignorance of the law – you’re calling for harassment by the police online as well as on the streets, surprise!

    And yes, your learning English would be a good step.

  8. Guest

    So you note the reality that police harassment skews crime statistics – then you try and blame it on the people you say are inferior, “daring” to be racist as usual.

    It’s you, Lord Blagger, as usual.

  9. Guest

    Thanks, Lord Blagger, for admitting you’re simply here to troll me.

  10. sam

    again, another post where Leon is talking in circles, twisting other people’s words around. Ignore him.

  11. sam

    Another person that you try to torment, by twisting the conversation into Leon’s personal game. I can read, and this man didn’t say anything that wasn’t fact. Busted again

  12. Guest

    You were? Well, yes, your kind of criminality always get caught.

    Keep whining, Lord Blagger, that i recofgnise the same insults from the same user, as you call facts twisted and that Jews being allowed to post is a “game”, as you note you didn’t read your own ranting, and say that you agree with Blacks being inferior, for instance, as you defend police bias as fact.

  13. Guest

    “IGNORE THE JEW”.

    Same old, as you call facts twisted and circles, Lord Blagger, as you come here purely to disrupt the conversation on yet another username of yours.

Leave a Reply