More than 20,000 crimes go unsolved in Wandsworth last year
Shocking figures show more than 20,000 crimes were unsolved in Wandsworth last year, with cops failing to crack more than one in five crimes reported to them.
The data, published by the Metropolitan Police, reveals 81 per cent of crimes, 20,850, were unsolved in Wandsworth from 2012 to 2013, well below the UK national average of 73 per cent.
It was a huge drop on the rate of 76 per cent unsolved crimes the previous year.
Only nine per cent of rape cases were solved, while 19 per cent of grievous bodily harm cases were also unsolved.
In neighbouring Lambeth 22 per cent of crimes were solved in 2012/13
Wandsworth police pointed out crime has dropped by seven per cent within the past year.
The news follows on the heels of changes to the way the borough is policed, with Battersea Bridge, Putney Jubilee House and Tooting police stations all closed to the public to make way for the Local Policing Model introduced last month.
The new model aims to put more officers on the streets, with Wandsworth promised 50 more police officers by the end of 2013.
Chief Inspector Steve McSorley, in charge of Safer Neighbourhoods in Wandsworth, said: "Wandsworth is one of the safest borough in inner London.
"There are more officers than before out on the streets in your neighbourhoods, preventing and disrupting criminals.
"The borough has embraced the new Local Policing Model, which is about being a more efficient service."
Richard Tracey, London Assembly member for Merton and Wandsworth, also defended the police.
He said: "While you can never easily compare London’s experience of crime with the rest of England, I think we will see the number of crimes being solved increases further.
"The new local policing model is all about ensuring local police teams solve crimes and don’t merely offer reassurance without results."
Sadiq Khan MP said: "We should be able to rely on the police to catch criminals and keep us safe, but these latest figures suggest this is no longer the case.
"Back in January I said that cutting back our police and reducing the opening hours of our police station in Tooting could have a grave impact on local safety and I’m afraid that these latest figures have proved these concerns to be correct."
- From 2011/12 there were 19,639 crimes unsolved out of a total of 26,051 crimes, amounting to 24 per cent crimes solved
- From 2012/13 there were 20,850 crimes unsolved out of a total of 25,677 crimes, amounting to 19 per cent crimes solved
- In neighbouring borough Lambeth there were 29,960 unsolved crimes out of a total of 37,042 crimes from 2011/12, amounting to 19 per cent crimes solved
- In Lambeth there were 19,715 crimes unsolved out of a total of 25,377 crimes from 2012/13, amounting to 22 per cent crimes solved
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