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Londoners feel safer in the capital

24 May 2011

Londoners feel safer and believe more police on the streets has helped to reduce crime, according to the Mayor’s 2011 Annual London Survey. 64 per cent of Londoners surveyed are not worried about crime in their local area, compared to 54 per cent last year, while fear of being mugged or attacked on the street has dropped significantly; from 30 per cent last year to 18 per cent in 2011. Almost three-quarters of Londoners (73%) feel that increased police presence has helped to reduce crime and eight out of 10 (81%) believe it has helped them feel safer. For the third year running, transport is cited as the best thing about living in London, up six per cent this year to 46 per cent and over three quarters of Londoners (79 per cent) think their neighbourhoods have reliable transport links. The survey reveals that jobs, training and youth opportunities are the top priority for Londoners (up from 36 per cent last year to 68 per cent). The cost of housing is also a greater concern, with 23 per cent citing affordable housing and property prices as their main priority - up from 16 per cent in 2010. Londoners are recognising the regeneration benefits of London hosting the 2012 Games, with 30 per cent of those surveyed believing the regeneration of East London is an important long-term benefit. 27 per cent of residents recognise that more children participating in sport will also be a significant long-term benefit. Satisfaction with the way the Mayor is doing his job is at the highest level since he took office and has gone up by six per cent from last year – from 26 per cent to 32 per cent. 15 per cent are dissatisfied with the way Boris Johnson is doing his job. The Mayor revealed today the progress he has made over the last year in tackling the issues that matter most to Londoners, with the publication of his fourth Annual Report . Londoners feeling safer in their city is borne out by the facts - crime continues to fall and is at its lowest level for 10 years, with the lowest murder rate since 1978. Gun crime was 22 per cent lower in 2010/11 compared to 2009/10. Robbery on public transport has fallen by 46.5 per cent in the past three years, just one example of big falls in crime on the public transport network. The Mayor has invested an extra £42m to further increase police officer numbers to continue to cut crime in the capital. Ensuring London emerges strongly from recession continues to be a key priority. The Mayor has secured record investment for Crossrail and the vital Tube upgrades to keep London moving and successfully lobbied to gain Enterprise Zone status for the Royal Docks and regenerate east London. 17,000 apprenticeships have been created to help up-skill the capital's workforce, putting the Mayor well on track to achieve his target of 20,000 by the end of this academic year. Boris Johnson has also launched a £50m Outer London Fund to help regenerate town centres in those boroughs that will benefit less directly from the 2012 Games and Crossrail. Significant progress has been made in tackling the capital's housing shortage. The Mayor has delivered 40,000 affordable homes and is on track to meet his target of 50,000 by 2012, while three-quarters of the city’s most entrenched rough sleepers have been helped off the streets. Six thousand iconic blue bikes have become a familiar sight on the streets of central London, with the introduction of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme. The Mayor kept his promise to get rid of the Western Extension of the congestion charge zone, following consultation with Londoners. He has extended Oyster to national rail services, is turning London’s bus fleet green and tackling roadworks by introducing a permit scheme and pressing Government for a lane rental scheme. London's preparations to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games are well on track and the Mayor is committed to ensuring it’s the most accessible and inclusive Games ever. More than 33,000 people have signed up to be the welcoming face of the capital as a London Ambassador and £8 million of grants have already been awarded to sports projects across the capital, as part of the Mayor's £15.5m Sports Fund to ensure the grass-roots legacy of 2012 reaches as many Londoners as possible. The Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: ‘I share the concerns of Londoners and it is my job as Mayor to ensure the capital remains a thriving, dynamic and vibrant world-class city which is strong, resilient and forward-thinking in its outlook. As my Annual Report highlights, we have achieved a lot over the past year, such as freezing the Council Tax for the third consecutive year and increasing funding for policing, but we can't t rest on our laurels as there is still much to do, not least the challenge of staging the best Games in Olympic history and creating a lasting legacy for all Londoners.’ Ends Notes to Editors Annual Report: • BMG Research were commissioned to carry out the 2011 Annual London Survey. • Publication of an Annual Report every year is a statutory obligation on the Mayor under the GLA Act. • The Mayor’s 2011 Annual Report is available on the GLA website. Go to:" \o " is the fourth Annual Report to be published by the Mayor since taking office in 2008. • The Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme and Barclays Cycle Superhighways are sponsored by Barclays Bank. Annual London Survey: • The 2011 Annual London Survey can be found here: • Final results are based on 1,406 interviews conducted face-to-face in respondents’ homes with residents in the Greater London area. • Interviews were conducted in February and early March 2011. • Results are weighted by gender, age, ethnicity, tenure, working status and area of London lived in. • Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to multiple responses, computer rounding or the exclusion of ‘don’t know/not stated’ response categories. • Multiple responses mean that respondents can give more than one answer to a question; therefore results will total more than 100, as percentages are based on the total number of responses given divided by the total number of people answering the question. • The use of showcards indicates that responses to a question are prompted i.e. respondents are given a list of responses from which they can choose. • Where applicable, trend data from previous surveys has been included. • An asterisk (*) represents a value of less than half of one per cent, but not zero. MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Information for the media is available from Hasina Momtaz in the Mayor’s Press Office on 020 7983 4064 / (contact details for media only) GENERAL PUBLIC/NON-MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Call the Public Liaison Unit at the Greater London Authority on 020 7983 4100 DUTY PRESS OFFICER: For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call 020 7983 4000