Moped-enabled crime falls by 30% in Haringey after police crackdown

Moped-enabled crime in Haringey dropped by 30% between March 2018 and September 2018, compared to the preceding six-month period. This data, obtained from a Freedom of Information request made to the Metropolitan Police, also revealed that moped-enabled offences across London reduced by a third over the same period. Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, credited the crackdown to “a sharply focused campaign from our local police forces”.

In Haringey, there were 447 moped offences between March 2018 to August 2018, compared with 641 across September 2017 to February 2018.

At a recent London Assembly Police and Crime Committee meeting, the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Craig Mackey, attributed this decrease to the Met Police having intensified their work to tackle moped-enabled crime.

In addition, the Metropolitan Police Service Business Plan 2018-2021, identifies some of the new measures that have been taken by the Met Police in this area, such as the introduction of light-weight police motorcycles, the DNA spray-tagging of offenders and remote-controlled tyre deflators, (also known as PROSpike devices).

Since July 2015, Operation Venice, led by the Metropolitan Police, has identified and clamped down on a number of organised criminal networks involved in moped-related crime across the capital. The Met’s Business Plan, observes that this has resulted in some significant arrests and charges.

The Met Police has also prioritised a preventative approach, promoting its ‘Be Safe’ campaign which encourages owners of mopeds and motorbikes to take extra precautions when securing their vehicles. To supplement this, the force has been working with manufacturers to ensure security mechanisms are enhanced in the next generation of scooters and mopeds.

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“Moped-enabled crime is a shocking and highly visible crime that has blighted our streets for too long.

“It is extremely positive that we are starting to see a significant drop in the number of incidents, and this is down to a sharply focused campaign from our local police forces.

“The number of offences that are still taking place is a serious cause for concern and this is why we need to ensure that the Met is adequately resourced, so it can continue to intensify its clampdown.

“We cannot afford to take our feet off the pedal when it comes to tackling moped crime. We must do all we can to prevent these brazen and ruthless offenders from getting away with impunity”.

We must stamp out racist hate crime in Enfield & Haringey

To mark National Hate Crime Week, local London Assembly Member,Joanne McCartney AM, has called for the community to “come together to stamp out racially motivated hate crime”. She is also encouraging Londoners to “stand firm” against a potential spike in hate crime incidents in the event that the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union in 2019.

There were 375 racist hate crime offences reported in Enfield and 606 in Haringey between September 2017 and August 2018, according to the latest figures from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) Hate Crime Dashboard.  These figures represent a 10% decrease in Enfield and a 3% drop in offences in Haringey when compared to the same period in the year before.

In London, the number of racist hate crimes dropped by 5.4% from the previous year to 15,122 between September 2017 and August 2018.

However, in July, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), raised concerns in a report that there could be a potential spike in hate crime in 2019 when the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union.

In the wake of the EU Referendum result in June 2016, the Mayor of London pledged a “zero tolerance approach to hate crime”. Following this, in April 2017, the Metropolitan Police established a dedicated hate crime unit to tackle online incidents of abuse.

The Metropolitan Police Business Plan 2018/2021, has also revealed plans for newly established Basic Command Units across London to undertake a self-audit of hate crime reports. The purpose of this audit will be to identify improvements that local police forces could make to the support they provide to victims of hate crime.

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“It is disgraceful that people in our community have been targeted with racist abuse. In Enfield & Haringey, our diversity has always been our strength, and we are proud to welcome and celebrate people from all backgrounds and cultures.

“It takes a huge amount of courage for victims of racist abuse to come forward, but I would strongly urge anyone on the receiving end of any form of hate crime to report it. It is only by working closely with the police that we will be able to stamp it out and ensure victims are given the support they need.

“We are fortunate to live in a city that is defined by its diversity and has always embraced people from around the world. In these uncertain political times and with the culminating tensions surrounding Brexit, it is more important than ever that, as Londoners, we stand firm against any attempts made to divide us”.

Cuts putting Met “under a level of strain we haven’t seen before”

Responding to new data showing the true scale of police cuts in London, local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“It’s now clear that the Government’s unwillingness to properly fund London’s police services is compromising the Met’s ability to keep Londoners safe.

“With the Met already subjected to government cuts of over £700 million, and a further £325 million of savings to find, we’re seeing our police services under a level of strain we haven’t seen before.

“London has not escaped the national increase in serious violence, but we cannot solely leave it to our under-resourced police force to confront this intolerable rise. It’s time for all hands on deck. We need every section of the community coming together to tackle this abhorrent trend, which is exactly what the Mayor’s knife crime summit today sets out to do. The collective message has to be that we cannot, and we will not, stand by and watch as more lives are destroyed.

“The bottom line is we need police officers on our streets to keep us safe, the Government cannot continue to abdicate their responsibility to give London’s police the funding they need to make this happen.

Funding for anti-knife crime projects to benefit Enfield & Haringey

Responding to the announcement that grassroots organisations in Enfield and Haringey have received a share of £1.15 million funding from the Mayor of London for anti-knife crime projects, local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:

“Today’s announcement dispels recent insinuations made in the press that the Mayor’s action on knife crime is limited to an ad campaign. By funding another 34 grassroots community initiatives across London as part of his Knife Crime Strategy, Sadiq Khan is taking concrete steps to prevent further tragedies from taking place on our streets. Our community is amongst those that will benefit, with funding being granted to 5 grassroots organisations in Enfield and Haringey.

“Early intervention projects play an essential part in stemming the culture of violence in our capital. They empower young people and enhance community cohesion. To this extent, the Mayor will also be introducing his £45 million ‘Young Londoners Fund’, in order to plug the gap left by deep and sustained cuts to youth services made by the Government over the last 8 years.

“Under the current mayoralty, we have the first ever dedicated Knife Crime Strategy, alongside the investment of an extra £110 million from the Mayor to the Met to sustain police numbers and to try and mitigate the impact caused by Government cuts. Meanwhile, today’s funding will go towards stopping the most vulnerable kids in our community becoming caught up in crime.

“The criticisms that have come out against the Met and the Mayor in recent days are evidently unfounded, especially when the Government have continually refused to properly fund our police.”

Joanne joins first ever ‘Walk the Met’

The period leading up to Christmas is one of the busiest for the Metropolitan police. Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, joined local officers to get an insight into the extra demands placed on officers keeping London safe throughout the festive period.

Ms McCartney joined PC James Flesher and PCSO Mark Tilley to walk the beat for a morning in Enfield. They spent time around Albany Park and spoke to local residents about their concerns. Some of the issues raised included anti-social behaviour and gang activity.

The Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said:

“It’s great that so many politicians are walking the streets with local police officers, getting a real feel about what policing London is about.

“At Christmas, officers continue to work around the clock and protect London whilst people are enjoying their festivities, so we hope this helps highlight the challenges our officers face and their year-round dedication.”

Local Labour London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:

“It was a pleasure to join officers from Enfield last week.

“Our officers work hard all year round but seeing the extra challenges the festive period can bring was very insightful. It was a chance to see first-hand how officers have responded to growing pressure on resources and it was impressive to see that they are still able to deliver a professional service with diligence and dedication.

“I am very supportive of the Walk the Met initiative and do hope it becomes a new Christmas tradition for Enfield and indeed for London.”