Add your name to Rory's letter and tell Sadiq to get a grip on crime:
As you should be aware, the continued escalation in street crime is causing extreme anxiety to Londoners. The issue comes up again and again in the conversations I am having across the capital - whether that’s ex-police officers, mothers who’ve lost sons to stabbings, or young parents worrying about the world they’re bringing their children into. The need for urgent action couldn’t be clearer.
In the last four years robbery is up 73%, theft from person up 56%, homicide up 34%, and knife crime up 41% - and the list goes on. Something’s got to change.
Here I set out four key things I would do - and I urge you to either adopt these proposals or explain why not.
- Take responsibility. As the Police and Crime Commissioner for London, the Mayor should immediately commit that street crime will fall, and primary detection rates will rise - with binding measurable commitments.
- Declare an official emergency in street crime, with an accompanying commitment to devote every new officer joining the Metropolitan Police to this cause - in uniformed street roles.
- As an indication of the primary priority this issue takes, dedicate all council tax rises towards fighting street crime - with a consequent freeze in the budgets of all other units until the emergency is under control.
- In recognition of high public anxiety about how burglaries are currently handled, institute a new policy that anyone who's burgled will have a police officer attend, and that any robbery will be investigated by a detective.
Independent Candidate for Mayor of London