News from Len Duvall OBE: Mayor oversees rise in reported crime in Royal Parks
Reported crime has risen in London’s Royal Parks since Mayor of London Boris Johnson took over responsibility for policing in 2008. Figures released last week show 1864 crimes were recorded in 2008 which rose to 2369 last year.
Policing of the Royal Parks was handed to the Metropolitan Police in 2004.
The Royal Parks include Hyde Park, Regents Park and St James’s Park – all of which have seen a steady rise in reported crime over the last four years, with Hyde Park having the highest number of reported crimes of all six Royal Parks.
The steepest rises in reported crime across the Royal Parks have been:
Drug offences have risen from 942 reported crimes in 2008 to 1086 in 2011
- Theft and handling offences rose from 481 in 2008 to 781 last year
Labour London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi said:
“The Royal Parks are an essential green space in central London and this is a shocking rise in reported crime over the last four years in these well-visited and well-used parks. I have written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and asked him to investigate why reported crime is rising in these areas.
“I feel this should be taken extremely seriously as Hyde Park, Regents Park and St James’s Park are tourist hotspots and we need to make sure visitors, as well as local residents feel safe when they’re visiting these areas.
- Murad Qureshi is a London-wide Assembly Member.
- The figures were obtained from a reply to Mayor’s question: http://mqt.london.gov.uk/mqt/public/question.do?id=42692