Help the Council, Police and Partners Fight Crime

Take part in a public consultation on the borough’s crime reduction priorities

Residents still have time to take part in a public consultation on the borough’s crime reduction priorities as Wandsworth seeks to build on its long-standing record as inner London’s safest borough.

The consultation, which concludes on Monday, July 10, will help shape the work of all the agencies involved in tackling crime and offending in Wandsworth over the next three years.

The views express by local residents and businesses 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 tackling crime.

The consultation is being held against a backdrop that shows an overall 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, despite a recent spate of knife-related incidents.

However the overall reduction in violent crime has been offset by a sharp rise in vehicle-related offending, especially thefts of mopeds and motorbikes which has contributed to an overall rise in recorded crimes in the borough,.

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 combatting hate crime, radicalisation and extremism.

Community safety spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “The overall picture does show a continuing downward trend for offences involving violence, which is obviously welcome and builds on the solid work undertaken by the police, council and other partners in recent years to target these types of offences.

“We have also 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.”

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.

July 3, 2017