Police Commissioner figures for 2015 compared with 2014 show:
· Total reported crime up 6.4 per cent in Barnet (+1,486 offences)
· Residential burglary up 4 per cent in Barnet (+116 offences)
· Violence with injury up 7 per cent in Barnet (+149 offences)
· Theft from a motor vehicle up 6 per cent in Barnet (+139 offences)
· Theft from a person up 16 per cent in Barnet (+93 offences)
· Robbery up 11 per cent in Barnet (+60 offences)
· Criminal damage up 8 per cent in Barnet (+165 offences)
Labour councillors have accused the Barnet Tories of downplaying a rise in crime in Barnet after the figures presented by the Police Commissioner during his recent visit showed that there were 1,486 more reported crimes in Barnet in 2015 compared with 2014 – a rise of 6.4 per cent – yet a recent Conservative Party “In Touch” leaflet says the local Tories ‘have pledged to work together to drive further reductions in crime in Barnet [our italics].’ The leaflet does not refer to the rise in crime in Barnet.
The Police Commissioner’s figures also showed that there have been increases in 6 categories of crime including residential burglary for which there had been 116 more offences in the last year (+4 per cent). Figures reported in the national media in the last few weeks show that three of the top ten most burgled postcodes in London were in Barnet.
Whetstone, N20 – 5th highest burglary claims
East Barnet, EN4 – 7th highest burglary claims
Friern Barnet, N11 – 8th highest burglary claims
Labour’s Crime & Community Safety Spokesperson, Cllr Kath McGuirk said: “The Tories are clearly misrepresenting crime trends in Barnet in their leaflets in order to avoid difficult questions about their Party’s cuts to police budgets.
“Our Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been cut from nine dedicated officers to just two, and we know that well-resourced neighbourhood policing has an impact on crimes like burglary.”
Cllr Ammar Naqvi, Election Agent for Andrew Dismore, Labour candidate for Barnet and Camden in the GLA election, commented:
“Residents are complaining to me and Andrew’s campaign team about Conservative leaflets that give a completely misleading picture of crime in Barnet.
“Any residents who receive Conservative leaflets claiming crime is falling should treat them with suspicion. Residents can get the up-to-date figures for Barnet from the police website: http://www.met.police.uk/crimefigures/
“The Conservatives are making a big mistake if they think people don’t know crime is rising in Barnet, with big increases in burglary and violent crime. Last year we had more than 10 burglaries and more than 16 violent crimes every single day.
“Only this month Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told residents muggings in Barnet jumped by 11 per cent last year compared with 2014, but went down four per cent in the rest of London. Overall crime in Barnet was up 6.4 per cent.
“It’s bad faith for the Conservatives to try to claim credit for the fall in crime that began when Labour was in charge of the Met Police. The published figures show that crime in London fell six years running after Labour set up the Safer Neighbourhood Teams with PCSOs in 2005.
“But the good news was thrown into reverse when the Conservatives started cutting police numbers and crime started rising again, and it went up again last year.
“Under the Conservatives, Barnet has lost 73 police officers and 120 PCSOs since 2010 and it’s no coincidence that residents are experiencing rising crime as a result.”
1. For details of the top burglary hotspots in London see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3411620/The-20-postcodes-Britain-likely-burgled-London.html
2. For details of the Police Commissioner’s Barnet crime figures see: http://www.andrewdismore.org.uk/home/2016/02/04/crime-in-barnet-chart-from-sir-bernard-hogan-howe/
For more information contact:
Cllr Kath McGuirk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Ammar Naqvi: email@example.com
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568