Metropolitan police officer

Tackling neighbourhood crime

Date published: 
19 March 2019

It is almost  two years since the introduction of local priorities in the Mayor's Police and Crime Plan. The neighbourhood crimes that make up the set of local priorities boroughs can choose from - such as burglary, personal robbery and theft - make up close to half of all crime recorded by the Met. At the same time, sanction detection rates for these crimes are low and are falling.

The Police and Crime Committee has examined the impact of local priorities on crime levels, victims, the public, and the police and continues to agree that setting priorities locally has benefits. It means that the police and other partners can truly focus on the issues that matter to those around them.

However, the Committee is concerned that the focus on local priorities is not well understood by Londoners, is making a limited difference to levels of crime, and that wider changes across the Met may be hampering the ability of officers to tackle local priorities effectively.

The Committee has written to the Mayor recommending that he reviews the effectiveness of local priority setting including: 

  • An assessment of how wider changes, such as the introduction of the crime investigation policy, more telephone investigations and the increase in the volume and complexity of crime, may be impacting on the success of local priorities, and how this can be mitigated.
  • An assessment of falling victim satisfaction in the Met’s response to these most commonly-reported crimes, and how this will be addressed.
  • Specific actions to improve transparency of data, such as sanction detection rates, which can be used to assess the success of this approach and the potential impact on crimes not selected as local priorities.
  • Specific actions to improve the awareness and understanding of Londoners about the rationale, aims, and measures for the success of local priorities.

Read the full letter below. 

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