Figures published by the Met today suggest crime in the capital is at a ten-year low.
According to the Met’s figures, overall crime fell 1.2% during the first six months of this financial year. The force says this equates to over 5,000 fewer victims of crime.
Figures also suggest youth violence and knife crime are also falling with 487 fewer young people becoming the victims of violence since April – a reduction of 4.5% on the same period last year.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens said: “Reductions in knife crime, youth violence and homicide in particular represent continuing success in these areas on top of significant reductions last year.”
Despite the overall fall in crime numbers gun crime increased by 17% during the reported period and there were 233 more reported cases of rape, an increase of 20.2%.
Owens says the force “are not complacent”, adding: “there are areas that remain a challenge, and we continue to tackle those challenges head on.”