Cutting Crime by 50%

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


If you were to achieve your target of cutting crime by 50% by 2008, exactly how many crimes would have to be committed in that year? Please provide your target figure.


Answer for Cutting Crime by 50%

Answer for Cutting Crime by 50%

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am extremely pleased to note that crime in London has reduced every year in London since 2004 and is now at its lowest level since 1999. During that period there has been a 12% reduction in crime and I am sure that you will also be pleased that this figure equates to there being 130,000 less victims of crime now than there were back in 1999.

A number of specific crime categories have also reduced significantly over that same period of time including gun-enabled murder (down 22%), homophobic offences (down 12%), domestic burglary (down 25%) and racist offences (down 57%).

There are now record numbers of police officers on the streets of the capital ' up from 25,430 in 2000 to 30,917 today with an additional 3,482 Police Community Support Officers. This investment in addressing crime is reaping dividends as indicated by the decline in the figures.

The 2006 Annual London Survey shows that there has been an increase in the number of people who say that they have seen more police in their local neighbourhood over the past 12 months - up from 24 per cent to 27 per cent this year. Of people that have seen more police in London as a whole, over three quarters (76%) say this has helped them to feel safer.

So far this financial year the figures for April 2007 already show another drop in crime which puts us on course for a reduction in offences for the 5th year in succession.

It is clear therefore that, by 2008, Londoners will have seen a significant overall reduction in crime with many fewer victims than in the past.

A 50% reduction in crime from the 2003/04 figure (1,060,930) would require an out-turn number of crimes of 530,465 in 2007/08 (a drop of 42% compared to 2006/07).