Mayor's views on Street Crime

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Eric Ollerenshaw
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Does the Mayor believe that he is doing everything he can to ensure that the alarming rise in street crime within the capital is tackled effectively?



Answer for Mayor's views on Street Crime

Answer for Mayor's views on Street Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In order to tackle street crime effectively, we need to tackle the underlying factors behind it. These include deprivation, social exclusion, the lack of visible policing, unemployment, the failure to bring persistent offenders to justice, blockages within the mobile phone industry, the lack of statutory youth provision and the lack of diversionary projects in London.My contribution to reducing street crime in London, therefore, does not concentrate solely on policing alone and I am currently undertaking a wide range of activities in partnership with relevant agencies. These include:- Providing the MPS with a budget which allows for an increase of over 1200 officers this year on top of the 1050 officers funded through the 2001/2 budget.- The establishment of a Transport Operational Command Unit by the MPS and TfL which should lead to a reduction in the levels of crime on key bus corridors and surrounding areas- Progressing recommendations from the Black and Ethnic Minorities Cracking Crime Conference held jointly with Government Office for London in March this year- Seeking sustainable ways of reducing street crime in the long term. My office has had a number of strategic high level discussions with the Home Office, London's Regional Crime Director at GoL and the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to assessing the extent to which current crime prevention, diversion and reduction schemes are involving those communities who are most acutely affected by street crimes and seeking to identify ways in which greater access to resources can be achieved. This initiative will be making joint recommendations to the Home Office on how best this might be achieved in the immediate future. - Progressing the recommendations from the school exclusions conference to ensure that less children are excluded and, therefore, less likely to turn to street crime- Lobbying for a return of statutory youth provision so that substantial resources are injected into London's boroughs for youth diversionary work. - Holding discussions with stakeholders around `design against crime" and public safety information initiatives - I am doing everything within my powers to reduce street crime. In order to address the underlying factors behind the causes of street crime, all of the functional bodies and London"s authorities must recognise their role. .