60% Rise in Alcohol-related Crime

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-12-12
Session date: 
December 12, 2007
Reference: 
2007/2916
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

At the end of November, the Liberal Democrats group on the London Assembly revealed that alcohol-related crime in London has risen by 60% in the last 4 years. Of particular concern are the huge increases in alcohol-related violent crime, drug offences and thefts ' a concern to millions of Londoners. What is your reaction to these trends and what actions have you been taking to reverse them during your second term? Will you now consider making alcohol a central part of your health inequalities strategy and making one of your new Health Advisor appointments a role specifically tasked with tackling alcohol-related problems in London which could include the problems of underage drinking and promoting sensible drinking?

Answer

Answer for 60% Rise in Alcohol-related Crime

Answer for 60% Rise in Alcohol-related Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

PriorityQuestions For Written AnswerSequenced QuestionsTYou have raised many issues in your question. I will focus on alcohol-related crime. I am aware that there has been a rise in recorded alcohol?related crimes: 59% over the last four years. During that time, however, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has sought to ensure that it records more information about all crime that has been committed, including where alcohol may be a factor. As such, the increase in recorded alcohol-related crime will have been affected by much improved recording practice. The MPS is working closely with local authorities and the alcohol trade to deal with the issue of alcohol-fuelled violence. Early intervention, high profile policing and the targeting of problem premises are just a few of the many tactics the MPS is using. During both my first and second terms I have been working with various partners to address different aspects of alcohol-related harm in London. In 2002 I set up the Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance (GLADA) that brings together partners from across the city, to improve collective responses to alcohol and drugs.

Last year I published the London Agenda for Action on Alcohol and the Best Practice Guide to the Night-time Economy. I have also adopted Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 that means that throughout all my work I do, I do all I can, reasonably, to prevent crime and disorder in London and this includes tackling alcohol-related crime and disorder. Following the publication of the Government's new alcohol strategy earlier this year, GLADA, is currently working with the Government Office for London to define a new statement of regional priorities for alcohol, and I expect to see specific actions to tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder and nuisance included within these priorities.

In terms of my forthcoming Health Inequalities Strategy, this will focus on the wider determinants of health, such as income, employment, community safety and access to services, all of which are relevant to tackling problems associated with alcohol.