Merton has announced the key safety issues it will prioritise following responses to its annual consultation on crime.
Last year autumn, Safer Merton asked for residents’ views about their top crime concerns as part of its ‘Strategic Assessment’ consultation. Burglary came top in crimes that people thought was a big concern and this is now one of the partnership priorities. People who live and work in the borough responded and these along with crime figures helped the Local Community Safety Partnership decide their top priorities for 2013/14, which are:
– Alcohol and drug related crime
– Domestic violence
– Youth violence including knife crime
The partnership, which includes the council, police, Fire Brigade, Probation service, the voluntary sector and NHS will develop crime reduction programmes to bring down crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and substance misuse across the borough. Merton is the second lowest crime borough in London and the partnership aims to maintain this position whilst reducing crime and disorder further. This ‘local plan’ will be implemented along side the Mayor of London’s ‘Police and Crime Plan’ currently out for consultation.
Cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities, Councillor Edith Macauley said: “I would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation. Merton is one of London’s safest boroughs and we aim to keep it that way. By working in partnership we will focus on the issues that residents have asked us to. We will make this a even safer borough with strong commitment to partnership delivery in order to tackle all the issues that you think are important.”