Violent Crime in London (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Question

Sir Bernard, in your long and distinguished career, has there been any crime type, the statistics of which have followed a linear progression, either up or down, or has it always been two steps forward, one step back?

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Answer for Violent Crime in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Violent Crime in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Crikey.  Well there are two that have probably seen a general progression down, one is house burglary, and the other one is car theft.  Even then they have always had a blip one way or another.  Those would be the two I would say have been progressively downwards.

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  OK, and on violence therefore, if you looked at the whole piece of your tenure, whatever it is, four-odd years now?

 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis):  It has been up and down quite a lot, sometimes through recording.

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  However the trend is now firmly downwards?

 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis):  Overall I would say it is a trend down.  We do not want this blip upwards to be sustained, which is why we are taking the action we are.  However, overall, it has been up and down over the years.

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  In particular, at the very severe end, not least homicide of course, the numbers are very significantly down, are they not?

 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis):  Yes, I think the last three years, I think we will be able to report some very significant reductions this year, however until April of this year we had a quarter less murders, including a third less young people murdered.  We think we will see a similar sort of calendar year plus financial year reduction this year.  Therefore I think in those very serious cases that is where you see that those are reducing.

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  I think homicide is now - I think I am right in saying - about half what it was in 2004/05.

 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis):  Yes, to be fair, I think the police will take part of the responsibility in terms of our work around gangs, for example, however I think the health service has obviously played a big part in making sure that people are cared for and given the best treatment as quickly as possible.

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  Great, well I guess the point I am trying to make is that, while you obviously need to be quizzed about these particular blips and what your tactics are to deal with it, overall the fundamental trend is down, which means that your strategy is delivering and you are happy with the fundamental strategy, albeit, like any ship in sail or aeroplane, it needs trimming from time to time to cope with the weather conditions.

 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis):  Yes, I think the only final point, and going back to this point about research into the true nature of domestic violence, or level of domestic violence, I think that is a good idea at the moment because I think there is no doubt, with the diverse community we have in London, we often have less information about families than we would have for people who have lived here for 70 years.  I think where I would worry is where there are recent arrivals and how well social services, child care, education and the police, what information we have about family circumstances and the risks that are present in some families.

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  OK, thank you.