Thousands more crimes in London this year than last
PUBLISHED: 11:16 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:16 20 April 2015
Violent crime and gun crime are up - but burglaries are down
Crime in London has increased over the past year – including a rise of more than 10,000 violent crimes.
The total number of crimes in the capital rose by 6,560, or 0.9 per cent, in 2014/15 compared with 2013/14.
The number of instances of violence with injury went up by 11,096 - nearly 20 per cent - and gun crime also rose by 1.7 per cent, with 28 more offences.
However, police say the figures are down to better crime recording, as London Ambulance Service took 5,000 fewer calls to its control room concerning victims of violence over the last nine months.
However, the good news is that knife crime, burglary, robbery and theft have fallen.
There were 11,635 fewer burglaries, a reduction of 13.6 per cent, and 400 fewer instances of knife crime, a drop of 3.9 per cent, which was the lowest total for eight years.
However, the number of knife injuries rose by 374 or 12 per cent, particularly among people under 25.
There were 6,347 fewer robberies, a drop of 2 5 per cent, and 11,250 fewer thefts from the person where there were no threats or violence, a drop of 26.4 per cent. The number of thefts from motor vehicles dropped by 12,300 or 20 per cent.
Sex offences also rose by 29 per cent, including a rise of 857 rapes, a 20 per cent increase, and 1,885 serious sexual offences, an increase of 36 per cent. However, police say reporting of sex offences has increased dramatically since 2012, when Jimmy Savile’s abuse first came to light.
Race and religious hate crime also increased by 25.7 per cent, and vehicle thefts rose by 6.6 per cent.
Homicides, however, dropped by 11 to a total of 92 – the lowest level for 45 years. However, there were 15 homicides in January this year, which was the highest monthly total for some years.
The Met’s deputy assistant commissioner for territorial policing, Mark Simmons, said: “We are moving in the right direction on some of the key crime categories with some very good reductions.
“However, there is still much hard work to do.”
Measures taken by police have included providing half a million Londoners with free kits with which they can mark their possessions with a unique code, putting more police in areas where violent crime is prevalent, and stop and searches.
Venues in the capital are also to be provided with breathalysers to assess whether someone is too drunk to be let in.
More than 1,910 gang members were arrested in 2014/5, resulting in total jail sentences of more than 1,418 years for gang related crime.