Richmond is the safest borough for violent and race hate crime

Release Date: 13 June 2017

A report released on 12 June by the Richmond Community Safety Partnership confirms that over the past twelve months Richmond remains the safest borough in London for violent and race hate crime.

In addition, burglary offences over the past year remain almost level with 921 crimes compared to 917 the previous year.

However, the borough has seen a rise in vehicle crimes with a 32% rise in offences (1279). In addition, the Police have seen a 7% rise in calls regarding anti-social behaviour.

With that in mind, the Community Safety Partnership is asking residents their views on future priority areas for the next twelve months.

The Community Safety plan is refreshed annually to address crime patterns and residents’ perceptions of crime. It can look at areas such as burglary, domestic abuse, anti-social behaviour and road safety.

Residents can have their say in a consultation until 10 July.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Stephen Speak, said:

“Against a backdrop of rising crime across London I am pleased that Richmond remains one of London’s safest boroughs. However, the Council will continue to strive for further improvements by working closely with the Police and our other partners.

“Recent reductions in the theft of two wheelers demonstrates how joint working through the Richmond Community Safety Partnership can reduce crime. However, there are still disappointingly many crimes where property has been left insecure at home and on display in vehicles. This encourages the opportunist thief to commit crime and residents and visitors to the borough must remain aware.

“I hope that through this consultation, residents will better understand the local backdrop and the steps that everyone can take to reduce crime. Most importantly however we want to hear residents’ views about the Partnership’s crime reduction and community safety priorities. ”

Take part in the consultation

For more information contact the Richmond Community Safety Partnership:

Phone: 020 8891 7777

The Richmond Community Safety Partnership has a duty to do everything reasonably possible to reduce crime and disorder, substance misuse, anti-social behaviour, and reoffending. The Partnership includes Richmond Council, Richmond Police, Achieving for Children (AfC), London Fire Brigade, National Probation Service, RHP, and Victim Support.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159

Reference: P258/17

Updated: 30 June 2017