Crime is the top concern on most people’s lists (and as my survey is showing). Boris Johnson has rightly put it to the top of his list too.
This morning he launched his manifesto on crime. I strongly recommend you read it, there are a number of simple to implement plans that will put criminals on the back foot and retake the streets of London for law abiding people.
Here are the key elements:
- Boris to chair the Metropolitan Police Authority. Direct leadership to make sure that there is less red tape and needless form-filling. Getting more police out on the streets.
- Less money on TFL press officers and more money on police officers to increase their presence on buses, trains and station platforms.
- Introducing ‘Payback London’, (which I wrote about here), a scheme that will require under 18s who abuse their right to free bus travel to earn it back through community service projects.
- Tackle knife and gun crimes. Make sure they a given the top priority by the police and equipping them with handheld weapon scanners. Also tackling the problem at source by funding community groups, sports schemes that help keep youngster on the straight and narrow.
- Helping the ignored victims of sexual violence by providing long-term funding for new Rape Crisis Centres.
- Making police accountable to local communities by providing crime maps which show the true crime levels in every neighbourhood, these can be used to ensure Borough Commanders are held to account at monthly open public meetings.