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'A safe community because residents don't tolerate those who commit crime'

PUBLISHED: 09:11 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 17 January 2018

A map showing the numbers of robberies and thefts by borough.  Graphic: Locksmithservice.co.uk

A map showing the numbers of robberies and thefts by borough. Graphic: Locksmithservice.co.uk

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New figures show Bexley is the fourth safest area in London.

The Office for National Statistics said robberies and theft from the person are rising, according to its annual figures to March 2017.

But using Met Police data, Locksmithservice.co.uk calculated who is safest from crime.

Using the number of incidents reported to police in October 2017 for the two offences, it built a picture of crime density.

With 43, Bexley came fourth in the list of safest behind Sutton on 31 incidents, Harrow with 38, and Richmond upon Thames at 39.

Worst are Camden on 1,019, Islington (644), Westminster (570), Southwark (378) and Lambeth (340).

During October 2017, there was a total of 6,425 robberies and theft in London boroughs.

But sadly, the public is not happy with the way the police are mopping up the crooks 
with 59 per cent saying they 
are not optimistic about the police being able to help with 
a crime, and 10 per cent were plain negative. Just seven per cent were very positive.

Thankfully, 87 per cent will still report incidents with seven per cent refusing. And 52 per cent of witnesses would intervene.

Bexley Council cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Peter Craske said: “We have been one of the safest places in London for a decade because of strong partnerships between the police, council, probation service, the Safer Neighbourhood Board, ward police teams and residents as well.

“It is also because, as a community, Bexley residents don’t tolerate those who want to cause misery and pain to others by committing crimes.”

Locksmith Service boss Victor Baron said: “Being a victim makes you feel very vulnerable.

“If you are robbed, hand over your belongings avoiding a fight – you don’t know what they are capable of.

“If they are desperate 
enough to steal, they might be violent.

“No matter your opinion of police capabilities, it’s best to report crimes.

“Even if you won’t get your belongings back, authorities will be aware of dangerous areas and inform people to be cautious. They may even provide extra police officers to circulate the area, to protect others from becoming victims.”

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