Minister for London praises Merton warden scheme

Minister for London praises Merton warden scheme

Wardens in Merton have made a major impact in the neighbourhoods they patrol, according to a new survey.

87% per cent of residents questioned were satisfied with the work of their wardens with an equal number indicating they felt a warden was an important addition to their area. The work of the wardens includes tackling anti-social behaviour, reporting graffiti, abandoned cars, and helping vulnerable members of society.

The survey includes new data from an independent report on crime and disorder calls to local police, comparing a one-year period before and after the introduction of wardens.

In some areas, most notably Sadlers Close and Armfield Crescent in Mitcham, calls to police on disorder had decreased by 47% and 29% respectively, similar reductions were recorded for environmental crime and nuisances.

Minister for London Tony McNulty, speaking at the Merton Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) Safe and Sound event, said:

“Already, wardens are making a real impact in Merton by helping residents to reclaim their streets. Whether it’s tackling environmental problems, reducing the fear of crime, or building better community spirit, wardens are driving forward lasting change in neighbourhoods. The evidence is clear wardens deter crime & disorder”

“Today’s survey results are testament to the success of Merton wardens. Their enthusiasm and dedication to the job is highly valued by the community,
and is a shining example of what warden schemes can achieve.”

The event also re-launched the Merton warden scheme, which is expanding shortly from a team of eight to ten wardens, and also premiered the scheme’s Neighbourhood & Street Warden Video, which shows examples of the kind of work the wardens carry out on a day to day basis.

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Notes to editors

1. The survey was carried out by the Merton Partnership Against Crime. More than 650 households in Merton, in areas covered by wardens, responded to a questionaire designed to feedback both quantitative and qualitative data.

2. Neighbourhood wardens have been providing a reassuring presence in areas identified most in need of community support across Merton since July 2001, with street wardens introduced in August 2002. The wardens are funded by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Merton council and local housing association’s.

3. Wardens are part of the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal. The Government’s 10 to 20 year strategy for cl