Police the peace

Lewisham Police have responded to the findings of a report published this morning, which suggests the borough has been the least peaceful area of the country over the last decade.

Chief Superintendent Russell Nyman, Lewisham Borough Commander said:

The peace index shows that the UK has become a more peaceful place and the end of financial year crime figures covering 2012/13 for London which were released yesterday shows that there were over 45,000 fewer crimes recorded compared to last year.

Overall crime in Lewisham has fallen by 9.3% over the last year - that's 2,537 fewer crimes in the borough and we have seen decreases in offences in some key areas such as knife crime, robbery and violence against person compared to last year.

Knife enabled crime has fallen by 27.9%, robbery has fallen by 13.9% and violent crime has fallen by 8.0% in the last 12 months

Whilst we have seen crime fall in these key areas we are not complacent. We acknowledge that there is still a lot of work to do, especially knife crime and violence, which remains a priority for us over the forthcoming year. Serious youth violence and supporting the younger generation who may be, or are affiliated to a ‘gang culture’ way of life will wherever possible be supported through Trilogy Plus, a joint enterprise between Lewisham Police and the Lewisham Council.

As we go forward in this new financial year substantial organisational changes will be taking place but it is through working together as a team, working with our partners and continuing to deliver the very best services to the people of Lewisham that we will be able to continue to drive down crime. Our priorities for the new financial year are to reduce crime, detect crime and to provide a first class service to the public.


Chris Wheal said...

Sorry but Lewisham police are less than helpful, even when reporting violent crime or threats of violence. They were not even able to stop threats of violence by someone against whom I was supposed to be giving evidence in court (I had witnessed them attack my postman). Actually, I am trying to think of a single positive experience I have had when calling Lewisham police.... er. No. Sorry. Can't. It is no wonder people turn to gangs to deal with issues.

Pazman said...

Positive that the Police have been quick to comment on this. However, the repeated usage of the phrase "financial year" is clearly intended to push some of the onus on fighting crime back to the Gvt in terms of funding. Us Lewisham residents don't care about the financial accounts of the borough's Police force and it's a little worrying to see that policing is now being so overtly politicized. Still, they didn't have to respond, crime is clearly falling and there seems a coherent strategy in place to deal with financial pressures.

straightinatnumberone said...

At last we've come top in something, normally lewisham languishes in the middle or towards the bottom of the 32/33 London boroughs. (wellbeing, health, house prices, life expectancy). The police can prioritise as much as they like, but with cuts looming for CPSOs and other coppers - the criminals have got it easy

M said...

Nice blog by Michael Legge on this subject here: http://michaelleggesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/lewsers.html

ASBLewiSHAME said...

That is my experience too - see @ASBLewiSHAME if you go on Twitter.

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