Phone Boxes at high crime locations

MQT on 2007-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2007
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Local Brixton police have complained to me that BT and New World Payphones are reluctant to remove surplus payphone boxes, or replace them with less problematic open booths in high street locations because this undermines their advertising income. Do you think it's a breach of phone operators moral responsibility towards the safety of the community to continue to insist on the retention of phone boxes in areas where they are used for drug dealing, drug use and impede the use of CCTV and the surveillance sight lines of police?


Answer for Phone Boxes at high crime locations

Answer for Phone Boxes at high crime locations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The removal of Public telephone boxes at locations where it is evidenced that there is a direct correlation to criminal activity, has been achieved in a number of London locations as part of local Police led problem solving over recent years.However, such a solution is always preceded by full discussions with all parties as the use of telephone boxes as a crime generator may be able to be reduced by other problem solving solutions.