Crime in London continues to fall

Johnson urges all to "work together to successfully fight crime"

met-officer-met.jpg18th January 2011: Latest crime figures released by the Metropolitan Police show that crime in London continues to fall.

Figures for January to December 2010 show year on year reductions. In particular gun crime fell by 10.4 per cent in the capital since 2009 – which equates to 352 fewer offences.

The number of residential burglaries also fell, with 3,392 fewer burglaries compared to 2009. Over the past ten years the number of recorded residential burglary crimes has fallen by 13,163 offences – a reduction of 18.3 per cent.
Violence with injury also fell by 5.8 per cent and there were 58 fewer road fatalities.

At the same time, race and religious crime fell by 10.9 per cent; domestic violence fell by 5.2 per cent and homophobic crime fell by 4.8 per cent.

A total of 125 homicides were committed in 2010 – seven fewer than the previous year and making it the lowest annual figure since 1978 – a 30 per cent reduction compared to ten years ago.

Of the homicides investigated in 2010, approximately 80 per cent have seen charges brought, with many defendants awaiting trial and others already convicted. Enquiries continue to solve last year’s undetected homicides and bring those responsible to justice.

Theft of motor vehicles has fallen substantially over the past ten years from 63,376 in 2000 to 26,475 in 2010 – a reduction of 58.2 per cent. The Metropolitan Police are however, concerned there has been a 2 per cent increase in 2010 and are working hard to push that figure back down.

While theft from motor vehicles has fallen by 32,762 offences over the past ten years, representing a 30.8 per cent drop, last year there was a 0.3 per cent increase.

Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin said: "We have seen a significant drop in crime over the last ten years which represents our continued focus on tackling these offences and bringing criminals to justice.

"Whilst I am pleased by these reductions, the Met is not complacent and challenges remain in a number of important areas of our work. Serious youth violence rose by 3.1 per cent in 2010 – this figure corresponds with a rise in overall knife crime for the same period, which is up by 8.3 per cent. Knife crimes where a knife was used to injure are down by 3.3 per cent [140 offences] in 2010.

"I am committed to tackling the issues of serious youth violence and knife crime and I know that my officers will do all that they can to make the streets of London safer for everyone."

The latest figures from the Metropolitan Police also show that rape rose by 647 cases in 2010 compared to 2009. “We recognise rape and serious sexual offences continue to be under-reported crimes. We have a single dedicated Sapphire command to investigate every report and provide specialist victim support. Sapphire has commissioned some analysis to better understand the reasons for the increase in reported rapes so that we can continue to improve our response to victims,” Metropolitan Police said.

Robbery also increased by 7 per cent in 2010, however this is still 16,365 fewer offences than in 2001, which saw the highest number of robberies over the past ten years, with 51,376 offences – representing a reduction of 32 per cent in the last decade.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "London now boasts the lowest murder rate since 1978 and our targeted policing operations have led to a huge reduction in gun crime and burglary. However, the challenge of tackling violent youth crime remains, and whilst injuries by knives have fallen, there is no room for complacency.

"Operation Blunt 2 has taken 10,000 knives off our streets, and I want to see even more weapons seized this year. People carrying knives need to understand they will be caught and that the consequences are severe.”

The Mayor commended the police force for working tirelessly to make the London streets safer and appealed to all to “work together to successfully fight crime in 2011."

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