Jack Hopkins says that cracking down on crime and anti-social behaviour is one of Lambeth Labour's top priorities:
We want all Lambeth residents to feel safe and secure in their own home.
That’s why we are proud of the excellent work that this borough’s police force does both in catching criminals and in working with the communities they serve to prevent crime from occurring in the first place.
Although crime is down in Lambeth, recent revelations in the media that almost one fifth of reported incidents go unrecorded are a very real cause for concern.
That is not to say that our police teams aren’t doing everything they can to work with residents and keep our streets safe. However, their already very difficult job has been made far harder by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, cutting the number officers from 1052 when Labour ran the capital to just 774 at the start of this year – a clear case of the thin blue line getting thinner by the day under Tory management.
Lambeth Labour will continue to campaign for the resources that our police force needs. However, we also understand that public finances are under pressure and as such we must make the best use of the resources we have available.
For example, our ‘Lock it and Stop it’ scheme will continue to help vulnerable resident secure their homes against burglary and will also offer expert help and advice to any Lambeth resident looking to better protect their property. This has helped reduce repeat burglary by 38%.
We will also continue to support the incredibly valuable work of the many Neighbourhood Watch Schemes that already exist across the borough. Neighbourhood Watch is a great way for communities to get together, get to know one another and find solutions to the challenges they face. If you’d like to get involved or would like to set one up in your neighbourhood, just get in touch with your local councillors who will be very happy to help.