13 July 2011

Over 1,000 more police on London's streets

A message from Lynton Crosby, BackBoris2012 Campaign Director:

The safety of London's streets is a key responsibility of London's Mayor. When Boris was elected Mayor crime was one of London's most pressing issues - robberies were increasing; violent crime was up; gun crime was up; and 27 teenagers were murdered in 2007 alone.

Yet the previous Mayor, Ken Livingstone, was ignoring the issue. In February 2008 he was exposed for conning Londoners after he wrongly claimed to be putting more police on our streets - a line he is still peddling three years on. In fact he wasn't. He was relying on the boroughs and the Government to put police on our streets and provided no extra funding himself.

In contrast, Boris Johnson has taken control of the Met since becoming Mayor. He ensured a new commissioner, got officers out from behind their desks and onto our streets and is investing in policing. As Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor for Policing, said today, "Our number one priority over the last three years has been to fight crime and put more cops on the beat.

"We have now had more than 3 million extra patrols, over 5,000 new Special Constables, more cops on the transport network than ever before and rising police numbers. There will be 1,000 more police in London by the end of Boris’s term than he inherited."

This has all helped to bring crime in London down by almost 9% overall; robberies down by 20% and youth crime down by 15%; and murders are at their lowest level since 1978. In fact, London is the safest it has been in 10 years.

There is always more to do, but we are heading in the right direction.

Together we can continue to make London an even greater city.

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