In September 2018, 24% of Harrow residents were concerned about knife crime in their area, increasing from 12% March 2016, according to the Harrow council report ‘Summary of Crime in Harrow in 2018’.
The fear of crime is highest in Harrow East and rising in both Harrow East and Harrow Central, according to the recent Metropolitan Police Service Public Attitude Survey (PAS).
Very concerning that Harrow East MP Blackman is not really pressing his Tory government for more resources for the borough. Similarly no obvious action by the opposition councillors from the Harrow East Tory wards to work with the council administration and the police to redress the residents fear of crime, despite enjoying extra responsibility allowances.
Figures from London’s Metropolitan police showed that knife crime surged by 16 per cent in the capital year-on-year in 2018, as Britain’s crime epidemic continues.
The knife attacks in Harrow in 2018 and 2019 so far, include:
- A teenager was stabbed multiple times in High Street, Wealdstone yesterday (April 15)
- In March this year, a Sri Lankan shopkeeper was stabbed to death at his shop in Pinner
- Soon after and in a separate attack, the police were called to the scene in Station Road, less than two miles away, to reports of a 15-year-old boy being stabbed in a park
- A 13-year-old boy was shot in the head after another teenager was injured in a gun attack in broad day light on a busy high street
- In another incident, two teenagers were attacked in double horror stabbing
- A man in his 20s was stabbed outside a restaurant at the Station Road Harrow
“Violent crime in Harrow has increased by 60%, and it is no surprise that this increase correlates to the reduction in police officers on our streets” Gareth Thomas MP for Harrow West previously said.
Recent rise in the stabbings in Harrow also raises questions about the usefulness of the Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board and the effectiveness of the Harrow Police & Crime Plan (PCP) priority to reduce the number of young people involved in youth violence and gang crime and to decrease the number of young people carrying offensive weapons.