Crime & police numbers in Harrow – matters of concern!

crimeLondon Mayor Sadiq Khan is investing in frontline policing, but like police and crime commissioners across the country, he is swimming against the tide of deep government cuts, which is why violent crime in the last three years has alarmingly increased in many areas.
Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas informs that since Theresa May took over as home secretary in 2010, Harrow has lost over 173 police officers. It comes as no surprise then, that in Harrow, we are seeing a substantial increase in crimes, for example, the Knife crime with injury was up by almost 60% in 2017, he said.
According to the UK Crime Stats, total recorded violent crimes in Harrow in July 2017 to July 2018 were 1646.
The total volume of violent crime in Harrow has increased by 4.6% when compared year-over-year in the period of July 2017 – June 2018, according to the Plumpot data base.
Robbery crime is the highest ranking crime category when category crime rate is compared to the national average crime rate.
Robbery crime rate has increased by 19.1% when compared year-over-year in the period of July 2017 – June 2018 (Plumpot data base).
Possession of weapons crime has also increased in the sample period, representing 29.8% annual change (source as above).
Labour parliamentary candidate for Harrow East Cllr Pamela Fitzpatrick said, “Tory cuts to policing are putting the safety of Harrow residents at risk – I have been alarmed by reports of increasing crime”.
In another money saving exercise, Harrow has closed a number of traditional police stations for public, and Harrow borough commander Simon Ovens stepped down before Harrow, Barnet and Brent consolidated under one basic command unit (BCU).