Boris Johnson has released his new Policing Plan today. To mark the occasion he has written about his glorious record at cutting crime in the Daily Telegraph. The problem is that Boris's record at cutting crime just doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
Boris Johnson released his new Policing Plan today. To mark the occasion he has written about his glorious record at cutting crime in the Daily Telegraph:
“In London virtually every single crime type is down – everything including violent crime, car crime, vandalism, knife crime, youth violence, burglary, murder and robbery. It came down under my predecessor, and crime has fallen a further 13 per cent since I have been mayor.”
This just isn’t true. Violent crime, car crime, vandalism and murders have all come down in recent years. However, Knife crime, youth violence, burglaries and robberies have all gone up.
Here’s the latest full year totals of crimes recorded by the Metropolitan Police so you can judge for yourself.
In 2007-08 there were 37,000 robberies.
In 2008-09 there were 32,555 robberies.
In 2009-10 there were 33,470 robberies.
In 2010-11 there were 35,850 robberies.
In 2011-12 there were 38,897 robberies.
So robberies have gone up to an even higher level than they were when he was first elected.
Burglaries:In 2007-08 there were 93,894 burglaries.In 2008-09 there were 93,553 burglaries.In 2009-10 there were 92,796 burglaries.In 2010-11 there were 93,375 burglaries.In 2011-12 there were 96,181 burglaries.
Knife Crime:In 2008-09 there were 12,233 knife crimes.In 2009-10 there were 12,560 knife crimes.In 2010-11 there were 13,285 knife crimes.In 2011-12 there were 14,121 knife crimes.
Youth violence:In 2008-09 there were 6675 serious youth violence offences.In 2009-10 there were 6777 serious youth violence offences.In 2010-11 there were 6872 serious youth violence offences.In 2011-12 there were 6906 serious youth violence offences.
Serious youth violence has also gone up in recent years according to these figures released under Freedom of Information.
The only way that Boris can claim that robbery, burglary, knife crime and youth violence are down is by cooking the books.
“measuring crime in this way is seriously problematic and masks crime trends during his own time in office”.
Total CrimesIn 2007-08 there were 862,032 recorded crimes in London.In 2008-09 there were 844,911 recorded crimes in London.In 2009-10 there were 829,406 recorded crimes in London.In 2010-11 there were 822,961 recorded crimes in London.In 2011-12 there were 814,626 recorded crimes in London.
So crime has come down in London over recent years. However, it has only come down by about 5 per cent, not by the 13 per cent claimed by the Mayor.
The BBC had to go all the way back to his time with Michael Howard to find an example of his dishonesty.
Anybody who has followed his time as mayor knows that there are plenty more examples closer to hand.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.