The Office of National Statistics indicated that reported crime in England and Wales is rising, with a 13% increase in the 12 months to June 2017.
Bexley is one of the safest boroughs in London; the reporting of crime has increased over time within London and this is mirrored locally within Bexley. Bexley has remained in the top 3 safest boroughs across London for the last 6 years.
To tackle some of the root causes and to find solutions require close partnership working. For example, understanding the context and the impact of alcohol on individuals, families and local communities, particularly in regard to domestic violence requires in-depth work at a local level.
Working collaboratively with Bexley’s Community Safety Partnership (BCSP), partners ensure they focus on preventative measures and good practice.
Regional Picture – Police and Crime Plan for London 2017 – 2021
The Mayor of London published the new Police and Crime Plan, ‘A Safer City for all Londoners’ on 20 March 2017. The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) plan sets out the following 5 key priorities for London:
- A better police service for London
- A better criminal justice service for London
- Keeping children and young people safe
- Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls
- Standing together against hatred and intolerance
The Plan includes measures to tackle these issues, reduce crime and disorder in London and improve police services across the city.
The plan includes mandatory priorities for every borough, focusing on high-harm crimes:-sexual violence, domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, weapon-based crime and hate crime. In addition, each borough has selected two local volume crime priorities, based on local knowledge, crime data and police intelligence, along with antisocial behaviour, which has been identified as an important issue in every Borough.
Bexley’s local crime priorities are:
- Burglary and
- Non-Domestic Violence with Injury