Second Year in A Row
For the second year in a row, the Royal Borough of Kingston has been shown to have the lowest incidence of crime in the whole of London. According to the Metropolitan Police Service’s official statistics, crime in the borough also fell a dramatic 3.2% on the previous year’s levels.
Even safer place to live and visit
Executive Member Cllr Rolson Davies who sits on the Safer Kingston Partnership Board said: “I welcome the official news that Kingston upon Thames has the lowest level of crime and disorder in the capital, and that our borough is becoming an even safer place to live and visit.”
He continued: “Kingston has a vibrant day and night time economy, attracting many of thousands of residents and out of borough visitors into our town centres and high streets daily for shopping, leisure and entertainment. The Council is committed to keeping our borough not only attractive and prosperous, but also safe for all.
“To do this, I work with the Safer Kingston Partnership to develop excellent relationships between the Council, local police and health services, as well as residents, community groups and business owners. We support local initiatives such as the ‘Behave or Be Banned’ which targets anti-social behaviour in pubs and clubs, and are co-ordinating the successful ‘Stay Safe in Kingston’ campaign.”
Safer Neighbourhood Teams
Statistics published on the Met website state that Kingston experienced the lowest number of total crimes in the twelve months prior to November 2009 of 11,118 incidents – compared with 14,838 in the Conservative-run neighbouring authority of Merton.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Davies added: “Despite these encouraging figures, the Council acknowledges that particularly in this difficult economic climate we must not be complacent in working to keep residents safe. In 2010, we will continue to actively support Kingston’s local police services and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.”