This figure includes a huge 31.9% fall in burglary offences, an 8.5% fall in motor vehicle crime, a 7.9% fall in violence related offences and a 4.3% fall in knife crime offences. These reductions come after a 10% drop last year.
Not only are crime rates falling so is the time the police take to respond to calls, in October 2007 their average emergency call response time was 30.32 minutes, now it is a staggering 9.07 minutes.
The funny thing about these figures is that over the corresponding period Bromley saw a fall in public confidence in the police. The Public Attitude Survey is conducted every three months across London and in the most recent survey, Bromley received the worst rating for ‘Police and council are dealing with anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter to this area’. The score was 27%, well below last year’s figure of 58%, and below the London average of 49%. Yet victims of crime, those people who actually experience contact with their local police, rate say they are satisfied in 82% of cases, the second highest in London!
This mis-match is not unique to Bromley, last year Bexley’s confidence figures were rock bottom despite being one of the lowest crime boroughs in London. This contradiction is one of the reasons I welcomed the scrapping of the single confidence measure.
If you think you can explain the mis-match between real crime figures and public perception in Bromley the Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Charles Griggs, would welcome your feedback. You can let him know what you think by emailing him at Bromley.firstname.lastname@example.org