Increasing crime levels

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given that a leaked Government report recently predicted that crime could increase in the next 5 years, what 'fresh ideas' (as called for in the report) are you considering to prevent this from happening in London?


Answer for Increasing crime levels

Answer for Increasing crime levels

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to ensuring London is one of the world's safest cities, and believe that this is vital to the capital's continued economic and social development. Despite crime levels being at a historic low there is no room for complacency.The crime report that you refer to offers a vague national forecast and does not talk specifically of London, but I have absolutely no doubt that there is a continued need for 'fresh ideas' in the capital.That is why I worked with the Metropolitan Police Service to introduce a new form of policing in the capital, by providing funding for every ward in London to have its own safer neighbourhoods team. It is also why I recently became a member of the Ministerial Group on the London Criminal Justice System and why my Director for Policing and Equalities is now a member of the London Criminal Justice Board, which brings together chief officers from London's criminal justice agencies to ensure new ways are identified to increase the numbers of offenders are bought to justice.We are also involved in innovative work to deal with anti-social behaviour in London, which is being taken forward through the London Antisocial Behaviour and Respect Board. This Board is currently working with Transport for London on a campaign promoting civil responsibility on transport. Transport for London will also have the power to issue antisocial behaviour orders.It is anticipated that some £500,000 will be made available to the Safer London foundation later this year as a result of the Proceeds of Crime Act. The funds will provide grants for community crime reduction projects.I am also pleased to say that the reduction of crime and disorder is soon to become an additional cross-cutting theme for the entire GLA group. This will happen once the Government goes ahead with its commitment to extend the provisions of Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act through secondary legislation. This sort of fresh thinking, which I argued for, will help ensure that London is better placed than ever before to reduce crime and fear of crime.