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Boris Johnson’s police plan reduces crime rates across Havering

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 January 2015

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Crime rates across Havering have fallen in the last 18 months thanks to changes introduced by the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson published the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan in March 2013, outlining that he wanted to make policing more efficient, increase the number of officers on the streets and boost Safer Neighbourhood Teams, under the Local Policing Model.

Over the past 18 months, crime has decreased by 1,726 since 2011 and 2012 while reports of anti-social behaviour have reduced by 2,325 over the same period.

Jason Gwillim, Havering’s borough commander, said: “The formation of the Local Policing Model has been a success for Havering.

“We are driving down crime and ASB, increasing our visibility across a wider time frame and increasing both confidence and satisfaction in local policing, but there is much more to do and we are all keen to ensure these successes continue.”

An additional 2,600 officers were placed in neighbourhood teams across London, with 107 deployed across Havering – a giant leap compared to the 36 policeman sent to teams throughout the borough in 2011.

The number of residential burglaries in St Andrews also decreased by 28% between May 2012–April 2013 and there were 49 fewer burglaries during the same 12-month-period in Harold Wood.

The London Crime Reduction Board – chaired by the Mayor of London – has pledged to monitor the progress made towards the proposals stated in the Police and Crime Plan 2013–2016.

Stephen Greenhalgh, deputy mayor for policing, said: “As our changes to local policing bed in, the Mayor’s Office will continue to listen to Londoners and work with the Met to ensure that they prevent the crimes that matter most to local people and drive forward work to boost confidence and ensure justice for victims.”


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