London show New York the way

Mayor Boris shows New York Mayor how London tackles crime

  • Crime down a further 4 per cent on the Tube
  • Detection rates for homicide running at over 93 per cent 
  • Increased police presence and CCTV playing an important role

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today championed falling crime and high crime detection rates in the capital and took his New York counterpart to see some of the measures that have helped deliver a safer transport system in London. The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, met Mayor Boris, Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy, and the Deputy Chief of the British Transport Police, Paul Crowther, as they saw the state of the art CCTV at Westminster Tube.

Mayor Bloomberg is particularly interested in London's use of CCTV, and the role it has in counter-terrorism. London has some 12,000 cameras on the Tube network, which will rise to more than 14,000 over the next few years. This will ultimately mean that no one will be able to enter the Underground network without their face being recorded by CCTV - a development which has aroused considerable interest in New York. Outside of the transport network cameras are part of the reason why the detection rates for homicides are 93.2 per cent in London and 100 per cent for murders that fall under Operation Trident.

Safety on public transport in particular has been greatly improved over the last two years, with new dedicated police teams, more CCTV, and a falling crime rate. The latest figures from the British Transport Police show that crime on the tube and DLR network is down by 4 per cent over the last year alone. Bus-related crime went down by 18 per cent in 2008/9, to its lowest level for five years

Mayor Boris Johnson said: “we are never complacent, and there always painful reminders that we must never let down our guard, but it is clear that the approach we are taking – with sustained investment in policing and CCTV – is helping us make significant strides along the road of tackling crime in our city.

“The transport network, where our colleagues in the Met, the BTP, and Transport for London, are working tirelessly to drive down crime, is really showing the way – with the number of offences falling year after year.” 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: “I want to thank Boris – and all of our London hosts – for showing us some of the key elements of their counter-terrorism system. London has a history of standing up to terrorism – and I am here to learn from others, see what works best, and try to fix things before they become a problem. We will continue to work closely with London to do whatever we can to keep our cities safe.”  

British Transport Police Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) Paul Crowther said:

Crime is down on the Tube which shows that people are even safer when they travel.

“CCTV cameras across the network are critical to us achieve this year-on-year crime reduction.  It provides concrete evidence that is so often key to securing convictions and bringing offenders to justice.”

Mayor Johnson was keen to tell Mayor Bloomberg about the 32 transport hub policing teams rolled out since his election, which patrol locations identified as benefiting from an additional police presence following joint analysis by the MPS and TfL.

There are now almost 2,000 Police Officers and PCSOs dedicated to the bus network in London. There are currently around 700 British Transport Police officers on the LU and DLR network. As part of the Mayor’s Manifesto commitment more than £3m was invested to fund an additional 50 British Transport Police officers to patrol outer London rail stations.

The Mayor has also worked closely with the Met on operation Blunt 2, targeting knife crime in London. Between April 2009 and the end of March 2010 nearly 9,000 people have been arrested for a variety of Blunt 2 offences, more than 4,000 knives have been taken off the streets.

Source: ©Mayor of London

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