Mayor of London Ken Livingstone today welcomed figures from the Metropolitan Police Service which show a decline in overall crime within the capital.
The figures, which cover the four months from April to July, show there were 23,000 fewer crimes than in the same period in last year which drops in violent and gun-enabled crime, burglary, rape and other sexual offences, and racist crimes.
April also saw the the roll-out of a dedicated ‘Safer Neighbourhood’ police team for every neighbourhood in London.
Welcoming the figures Ken Livingstone said there was now “serious downward pressure on crime in London that outstrips all expectations” and said the “the deployment of dedicated beat police teams in our neighbourhoods” was a major factor in the decline.
Hailing the decline in race related crime the Mayor said that “despite the ongoing challenges we face in the light of the terrorist outrages last July, we have not seen a deterioration in community relations”.
Mr Livingstone said the fall proved “that a zero-tolerance approach to racism can pay significant dividends.”
Further information: www.met.police.uk/crimefigures