Gang crime in Barnet

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2014-12-09
Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4987
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

Question

I am getting worrying reports of a dramatic increase in gang crime in Barnet, much of it drug related and violent or threatening. What are you doing about it?

Answer

Answer for Gang crime in Barnet

Answer for Gang crime in Barnet

Answered By: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

During September and October there have been 12 recorded gang incidents involving Grahame Park Estate gang members. The MPS has taken firm action here, including 7 arrests and a range of activity to identify and disrupt gang nominals. In addition high visibility patrols have been put in place to reassure residents.

Over the last 12 months Barnet has shown a reduction in gang related crime. This has included a 10.3% reduction in victims of serious youth violence (11 fewer victims); a 70% reduction in gun crime where a gun has been discharged (7 fewer incidents); and a 8.3% reduction in victims of knife injury aged under 25, excluding domestic violence (2 fewer victims).

In general, MPS Trident Command and others have been successful in reducing gang crime by 23% in the last Financial Year. The Strategic Ambitions outlined in the London Crime Reduction Board's Gang Strategy moves the focus from simply enforcement to prevention, diversion, and exit. Our aim is to reduce the harm to individuals and communities caused by gangs and serious youth violence in London.