Kingston was the safest borough in London in 2008, according to new figures from the Metropolitan Police website.
In the year to November, Kingston suffered less than half the number of crimes as the average London borough. Among the key statistics, burglary fell 3%, criminal damage dropped 6% while theft and violence were both cut by a remarkable 10%.
And despite some people’s perceptions, crime in Kingston town centre fell by double digit amounts. Criminal damage in Grove ward was down 17%, violence against the person down 22% and town centre theft was slashed by 24%.
Joint action by the police, council and local businesses is making Kingston a safer place to live and work.
Kingston is London’s second biggest shopping destination and has an active night time economy, yet we are the safest borough in London and crime is falling. We have the lowest number of burglaries in the capital, and violent and anti-social crimes are going down.
In Kingston, fear of crime is as much of a problem as crime itself. But with better lighting, CCTV and special initiatives we are helping to make people feel safer too.
In September, Cllr Rolson Davies, a member of the Safer Kingston Partnership, helped launch the Behave Or Be Banned initiative in Kingston town centre:
"BOBB targets just the sort of anti-social behaviour that makes people worried about going out at night. Over 20 local pubs have joined forces with the police and council, and people caught committing anti-social behaviour can be banned from pubs and clubs in Kingston for up to 12 months.
“We also worked with Kingston University and Kingston College on Operation Anthony to reduce crime when thousands of new students arrived in the town in the autumn. The operation made 43 arrests and halved the number of robberies and snatches committed.”