Burglary in Hackney

Plenary on 2017-07-06
Session date: 
July 6, 2017
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Incidences of burglary and theft have risen in my borough of Hackney by 12% since last year. How will you ensure that this type of crime will not persist or worsen if Hackney merges with Tower Hamlets in the new BCU structure?


Answer for Burglary in Hackney

Answer for Burglary in Hackney

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Burglary is a terrible crime that affects victims for a long time after the incident, and that is why I ensured that my Police and Crime Plan gave local areas the opportunity to discuss with us what their local volume crime priorities will be.


There has been an increase of 1.9% in burglary in Hackney over the past 12 months. One factor has been that since 1st April 2017 the Home Office recording rules changed and items stolen from sheds or garages are now being recorded as a residential burglary. Robbery has seen a rise of 39.3 % and theft person of a mobile phone 71.8 % which is due to the significant increase in moped enabled offences. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has launched a corporate response to tackle Theft Person offences by assailants using mopeds under Operation Venice.

As you will be aware, both Hackney and Tower Hamlets have included burglary in their agreed local priorities, so this will be given appropriate resource and focus in both boroughs.


Each Borough also has its own bespoke burglary reduction plan supported by partners.   A joint Forensic Investigation Team (FIT) has been in operation since 1st April 2017 with officers including supervisors assigned from both Boroughs. In addition, the Forensic Managers for Hackney & Tower Hamlets have also been aligned to help improve performance.


The changes to local policing which are currently being tested in two areas of London, are designed to give greater flexibility to local Commanders to focus resources on the crimes that cause the greatest harm, particularly the most vulnerable and are important to local people.

Fundamental to the proposed change is delivering a policing service that is better equipped to deal with crime and antisocial behaviour locally, across the city and online, strengthening neighbourhood policing, giving Boroughs a say in local policing and crime priorities and transforming the way the Met works to ensure it is equipped to deal with 21st century policing needs.