Boris Johnson will launch his Business and Skills manifesto later today (Monday) promising to reduce crime which he says is costing businesses in London “£1.4 billion each year”.
Speaking ahead of the launch Mr Johnson said: “Part of the problem is that one-third of businesses don’t report crime, therefore I will set up a non-emergency phone line to make reporting offences of all kinds far easier, whilst also freeing up the 999 number for emergencies.”
“I also want businesses to work with the local police to tackle crime. My plans for New York-style crime mapping and monthly public meetings with Borough Commanders will give local business owners access to comprehensive information about crime in their area, and the opportunity to discuss the problems with their local police.”
“These are the new ideas and fresh thinking that London needs. Ken Livingstone has been quiet on this issue for too long, it is time that London had a Mayor who will make the changes that will keep business in the capital booming. I will make the changes that London needs.”
At a business hustings last month Mr Johnson found himself at odds with business leaders over the future of the Mayor’s overseas offices and has shifted his previously declared policy of scrapping them to one of “remaining to be convinced” of their value.