‘Concern’ over rising violent crime rates in Haringey

Knife crime in the borough has risen 14% over the past year, while gun crime is up 8%, reports Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

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Knife and gun crimes have risen in Haringey, mirroring trends seen across the capital.

Figures show the total number of criminal offences in the borough increased by 3% in the year to September compared to the previous twelve months, with 33,772 recorded during the period.

There was a 14% increase in knife crime, with the number of offences climbing to 711. Gun crime grew by 8% to 90 offences, while there were 15 lethal-barrelled firearms discharges – a 36% increase compared to the previous twelve months.

Robbery of personal property was up by 14% to 1,419.

There were falls in some other offences, however, including residential burglary and violence with injury. Knife crime with injury dropped by 18%.

Crime increased at a higher rate across London as a whole during the twelve-month period, with the capital seeing a 5% increase in offences. Gun crime was up by 7% across the city, while knife crime offences rose by 20%.

Haringey had the twelfth-highest crime rate out of the 32 London boroughs according to the figures, which were presented to a meeting of the council’s climate, community safety and culture scrutiny panel this week.

Speaking after the meeting, Adam Jogee, Haringey’s cabinet member for community safety and cohesion, said: “Keeping people safe is a top priority for the council. We have been concerned by the recent rise in criminal incidents in the borough, which comes against a backdrop of rising crime across the country and cuts to key public services, including the police and youth provision.

“The council will continue to work with local people, the police and the Greater London Authority to tackle high-priority offences, including robbery and violent crime.

“We maintain constant dialogue with the police and other partners through the Community Safety Partnership, the North Area Violence Reduction Group and the Haringey Partnership Problem Solving Group.

“Work was recently undertaken on a £110,000 programme of projects funded by the Mayor of London’s Office for Police and Crime to target robbery among young people through diversionary activities, youth outreach work and installation of new anti-crime signage and CCTV cameras.

“This builds on the council’s strong youth engagement and outreach work conducted by Haringey Community Gold and the Integrated Gangs Unit.

“Being tough on crime and tough on the causes of time isn’t just a phrase – it’s a mission. That’s why work will continue to tackle crime at the roots and keep local people safe and secure.”

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