Bexley police patrol outside schools after robberies rise
PUBLISHED: 15:31 07 September 2011
Police are on special orders to patrol buses and outside schools following an increase in robberies.
Officers will patrol around train stations, buses and outside school gates across Bexley to try to deter would-be thieves.
Since April 1 this year, there were 131 robberies in Bexley, an increase of 46 on the same period last year (April 1 2010 – August 28, 2010).
Figures across London show that more than a third of victims of street robberies are aged between ten and 19-years-old, often with smart-phones and music players stolen.
Detective Superintendent Darren Williams of Bexley police said: “Police officers and PSCOs in Bexley will be increasing their presence in and around schools in the first few weeks of the new term to protect school children having their property stolen.
“Bexley Police take street crime very seriously - luckily, compared with other parts of London robbery is still relatively rare. However it has increased over the last year and so tackling it is a key priority for us and we are doing everything we can to address it through enforcement, education and prevention. Young people, especially secondary school-aged children are sometimes targeted - usually after school by other young people. The additional patrols will last until the end of this half term in October after which we review how effective they have been.”