Joanne McCartney AM ‘deeply concerned’ by rise in muggings on buses

Local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney today called on Mayor Boris Johnson to get a grip on increasing crime on Enfield & Haringey’s buses. New figures show that Enfield has seen a 3% rise in the last nine months in overall crime, and a 28% surge in robberies. Haringey has seen a 126% crime surge in the last nine months for robbery and a 14% rise in violence against the person.

The latest figures released by Transport for London show that across London robbery on buses has increased by 18%. At the same time figures released by the Metropolitan Police reveal that up to half of the officers who are supposed to police the London transport network are not even in post.

The Met figures show that the Safer Transport Team for Enfield has a vacancy rate of 60%, increasing to 61% in Haringey. This means that even though there is money in the budget officers have not been recruited to these posts.

Joanne said: “This dramatic rise in robberies on Enfield & haringey’s buses is deeply concerning. While it is good news that some other types of crime are falling it is very worrying that this type of violent crime is rising. It is even more worrying that the Police’s Safer Transport Teams are chronically understaffed. The police do an excellent job keeping us safe, but how are they supposed to their job properly if they are so thinly stretched?”

The revelations follow the news that in the past two years Mayor Boris Johnson has cut 1,700 police officers.

In Enfield:

  • There are 17 vacancies in the Safer Transport Team, which is 60%
  • In the last nine months there were 82 robberies on buses in Enfield
  • In the same period in 2010 there were 64

In Haringey:

  • There are 19 vacancies in the Safer Transport Team, which is 61%
  • In the last nine months there were 120 robberies on buses in Haringey
  • In the same period in 2010 there were 53

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