Crystal Palace business crime

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A dozen traders in Crystal Palace suffered a wave of break-ins over a fortnight in August, and were frustrated by what they perceived to be a lack of joined-up policing because the town centre spans three boroughs. There also appears to have been a lack of communication with business owners in the area, including some of those affected, about steps the police were taking to tackle the problem. Will you raise this issue with borough commanders and review the cross-borough arrangements for this town centre?


Answer for Crystal Palace business crime

Answer for Crystal Palace business crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am aware that in response to these commercial burglaries, the MPS fast-tracked forensic evidence obtained and increased proactive patrols in the area. A public meeting was then held after the events by the MPS so that local councillors, including Assembly Members, could be updated by the Borough Commander. This also included updating local shopkeepers. MOPAC has asked the MPS to ensure that we are fully updated on the MPS strategy do deal with this issue in the longer term, including a review of whether current business crime partnership arrangements are adequate, and an assessment opportunities for shopkeepers to work with the local MPS Design Out Crime Officer around crime prevention.