Latest figures show falling crime in Chiswick
local areas remain the worst affected in the borough for burglary
and vehicle crime
report on crime has shown an 8% fall in notified crime in Chiswick
for the latest quarter. The previous quarter had seen an 8% rise
due to a spate of car break-ins but the latest fall brings crime
levels back to those seen earlier in the year.
Burglary in Chiswick 2002
area of local concern remains burglary where Turnham Green ward
has joined Chiswick Homefields to be the worst affected area in
the borough. The number of burglaries rose in Chiswick whereas they
fell elsewhere in the borough. Anti-burglary initiatives in the
East of Chiswick seem to have reduced the number of burglaries in
Homefields ward but there has been a corresponding increase elsewhere
a major crime spree in the previous quarter with Volkswagens
targeted, there was a sharp fall in vehicle crime with only
395 incidents compared to 495. The police have recently started
another anti-car crime initiative in the area. Even with the fall,
Chiswick Homefields and Turnham Green have the highest level of
vehicle crime in the borough.
Inspector Ged Boyer, the senior officer at Chiswick police station
said, "whilst the overal reduction in crime is welcome, I am
obviously concerned about the rise in burglary and vehicle crime
in two wards of Chiswick. My staff will be concentrating on reducing
crime levels in these wards over the coming weeks and months "
overall in London and the borough of Hounslow (-12%) also fell compared
with the previous quarter. Commenting on figures for the whole financial
year released today Deputy Commissioner Ian Blair said, "These
results show our overwhelming commitment to the people of London
and underline our determination to make this the safest major city
in the world."
resident and advisor to the Home Office on crime, Prof. Robin Marris
said of the figures, "They confirm the general continued fall
in crime rates. This was recently confirmed solidly by the latest
British Crime Survey, which the Press either ignored or quoted wrong
figures to give 'up' headlines. The Daily Mail regularly publishes
as a fact that crime is rising. My original proposition that we
were all addicted to bad news about crime was ironic. Now I see
it is a much deeper neurosis than I realised."
raised another example of a headline in the Independent which stated
''Police blame statistics for increase in violent attacks".
The story underneath showed that rather than an increase, there
has been a decline in actual attacks; the statistical increase is
due to the change in reporting methods. Prof. Marris asked, "So
why not a headline, 'Violent attacks fall, although statistics show
of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Lord Toby Harris, said, "The
Met's achievement in reducing crime rates across London is a clear
indication that when resources are specifically targeted the police
can make a real impact. However, the Authority is acutely aware
that while crime figures continue to fall, public perception and
fear of crime remains alarmingly high, and we will continue to work
closely with the Met to improve police visibility and public reassurance
about their safety."
Vehicle Crime in Chiswick 2002
crime was up. There were 18 more incidents of street crime reported
to the Police in October to December 2002 than in the previous quarter
rising to 64 with most of these incidents occuring near the High
Road. Racially motivated and homophobic crime in Chiswick continued
to be relatively low compared to other parts in the Borough.
more arrests for street crime in the borough as a whole, arrests
for burglary and vehicle crime were down by 46 and 48 arrests respectively.
The reduction in burglary arrests is not surprising given the Police
targeting of known burglars in the last quarter. However, as a percentage
of total notified crime, the Police resolved more crimes. The Police
charged, summonsed, cautioned or had the allegation considered in
a conviction for 15% of all total notified offences in October to
have also been released on cross borough crime which show that Turnham
Green ward (which includes much of Chiswick High Road) has the highest
amount of crime committed by non-residents. Only 39% of crime committed
in the ward is by borough residents with 16% committed by Ealing
borough residents and 8% by residents of Hammersmith and Fulham.
The police have denied that borough boundaries such as exist by
so-called "muggers alley"
cause problems in terms of catching criminals pointing out that
there is nothing to stop them pursuing and arresting suspects in
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