Technology stolen from gardens or sheds

MQT on 2015-05-21
Session date: 
May 21, 2015
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Freedom of Information requests recently reported in The Times suggest that the thefts of mobile phones, laptops and computers from gardens and sheds are on the rise in London. What steps is the Metropolitan Police Service taking to reduce this type of crime?


Answer for Technology stolen from gardens or sheds

Answer for Technology stolen from gardens or sheds

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Between 2012-4 thefts of laptops, computers and mobile phones from gardens and outbuildings fell. There is no evidence that these crimes are increasing.

At the conclusion of this year's Operation Bumblebee burglary reduction program a reduction of -14.1% was achieved. This period has seen the greatest Bumblebee reductions of the last 3 years, taking the MPS to -24 % in relation to MOPAC 7 burglary targets (as at 18/5/15).

Victims are given crime prevention advice at the time of reporting and followed up by the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. In the case of burglary (incl. sheds) cocooning advice is also given to surrounding residents.  This is then quality assured by the Area Delivery Teams who check on the quality of the reporting.

The MPS website gives up-to-date advice about securing sheds and not leaving property unattended outside, including ensuring a level of security proportionate to the value of the item stored.