Part Of Our Local Conservatives’ Commitment To Keeping A Safe Borough
Cllr Paul Hodgins, Leader of Richmond Council, attended the Violent Crime Summit this week hosted by the Mayor of London at City Hall.
The Mayor brought Council leaders and MPs from across London together for a panel session to discuss the issue of violent crime, and the increase in murders in London this year. The panel included Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Met Commissioner Cressida Dick.
Cllr Hodgins said, “It was good that the Mayor called this summit. Whilst our borough is the safest in London for violent crime, it is still an issue for us all. So we should be working cross-party and across boroughs for the good of all Londoners.
“We, like other boroughs, are working with our local police on violent crime such as knife crime, and we have to be vigilant in enforcement. But the sustainable solution to keep the rate low is prevention, and for that we need to be working well together not just geographically, but across services. Health, schools, children’s services, police, and local communities have to work together. The Council has a very important role to play in that co-ordination. There is also unfortunately an element of organised crime that drives the opportunity, which the Home Secretary addressed.
“I was encouraged to hear the Met Commissioner reiterate the police’s focus on moped crime, which has been rising across London and that she sees as related to the wider increase in violent crime. This is a high priority that we have identified locally in our borough, and we are working on it together with our local police team. There have been mixed trends so far this year compared to last, up in January but down the last two months. We have to keep the focus on it and see the trends over the longer term.
“The majority, but not all, moped crime in our borough is linked to theft from vehicles. Both the Police and the Council are committed to working together with our local residents to tackle this dangerous anti-social problem.”