Ken Livingstone today praised the Metropolitan Police Service for reducing overall crime in the capital between April and June 2006 by nearly 7 per cent when compared with the same period the same period last year.
Figures published today show that for the period 2005/6 64 per cent of Londoners have confidence in London’s police, up by 11 per cent on 2004/5. Residential burglary is down nearly 3 per cent, guns enabled crime down 22 per cent, violent crime down over 4 per cent and racist crime down by 5.7 per cent.
The figures also show that, for the period 2005/6, 79 per cent of victims of crime were satisfied with London’s police compared with 68 per cent for the period 2004/5.
Satisfaction levels varied between racial groups, whilst 80% of white victims of crime in London declared themselves satisfied the figure falls to only 73 per cent of black and minority ethnic victims.
An independent MORI poll commissioned by the Mayor in April showed 52 per cent of Londoners had noticed more police in their neighbourhood in the past year. Of these Londoners, 72 per cent said the increased police presence had helped them feel safer.
Welcoming the figures Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said he wanted “to congratulate the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and his officers for continuing to tackle serious crime at the same time as increasing the levels of service they provide to Londoners and particularly the victims of crime.”
The Mayor added that even in “difficult” times the Police “are continuing to raise their game by listening to Londoners and what they want from their police force and they are delivering.”