Greenwich crime numbers fall to lowest in 12 years

A recent police report has revealed that criminal activity across Greenwich has dropped by six per cent in the last 12 months, with robbery and burglary figures the lowest they’ve been in 12 years.

In total, there were 1,357 fewer incidents reported in the area between April 2012 and March 2013 than there were the previous year, according to figures gathered by the Metropolitan Police.

One of the area’s top officers said the impressive figures were down to a combination of public efforts and the efficient work and proactivity of local police.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Greenwich’s borough commander, spoke of the stance taken to combat burglary and robbery. He said:

“We have increased our focus on proactive policing around these kind of offences.

“Specialist officers respond to all allegations of robbery across the borough in order to conduct a prompt initial investigation within ‘the golden hour’.”

The report showed that the number of robberies in the area had seen a reduction of 64 per cent from its peak in 2006, when 1,383 offences were recorded. The latest number is 497 – which represents a 27.7 per drop on last year’s figures alone.

The number of burglaries saw a significant drop, from 2008’s figure of 3,576 to 2,268 – a 36.5 per cent reduction. This includes 275 fewer reported incidents than were recorded last year.

While the numbers are certainly impressive, homeowners are still encouraged to ensure their properties are secure. Many choose to do this with the help of increased safety measures, such as steel doors and collapsible gates.

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