Latest Wandsworth crime figures show an overall fall in reported incidents

Wandsworth Guardian: Reported crime in Wandsworth fell by more than 13 per cent last year Reported crime in Wandsworth fell by more than 13 per cent last year

The fall represents the seventh biggest drop in London, with 22,172 recorded incidents between March 2013 and March 2014 compared to 25,445 the year before.

Across the capital the figure dropped by 9.4 per cent.

The 12.9 per cent decrease in Wandsworth is largely owed to a decline in robberies and burglaries.

Between March 2012 and March 2013 there were 3,368 burglaries, compared to 3,015 in the last financial year.

The number of robberies fell by 344, from 1,255 to 911.

Gun crime figures in Wandsworth have been slashed in half, with 96 reported incidents from 2012 to 2013 falling to 54.

Despite the overall fall in crime figures, in some areas the numbers have climbed.

Rape incidents have risen to 131 in the past year, up from 103.

Cases classified as ‘Other Sexual’ stood at 245 in the most recent report, a rise from 228.

‘Violence Against the Person’, which refers to incidents of GBH or ABH, have risen to 4,239 from 4,115.

Cases of Islamophobic crimes has risen to 22, up from 4 in the previous stats.

Wandsworth Borough Commander Richard Smith said: "I am delighted to report that reported crime in Wandsworth fell by more than 13 per cent last year.

"However, I recognise that reported crime figures are only part of the picture. Wandsworth's police are committed to doing all we can to ensure the safety of the people who live or work here and, equally importantly, to ensure that everyone feels safe at home, at work and when out and about in the borough.

"We have Ward Panels in every ward and I'm extremely grateful to the local residents who attend panel meetings to assist in setting local policing priorities.

"I am very proud of the crime reductions achieved this year but I acknowledge that we have not achieved this on our own.

"I'd like to thank the local communities and community partners who have been pivotal to ensuring that Wandsworth remains one of the safest inner London boroughs."


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