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Kingston one of safest boroughs in London

The Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) annual crime data shows that Kingston is still one of the safest boroughs in London to live and work.

Kingston had 12,692 offences recorded. Sutton had the lowest number of offences (12,551) and Richmond were third (12,871). 

Overall, there were at total of 862,781 criminal offences reported in London between April 2018 - April 2019, with the total offences recorded in Kingston making up just 1.47 per cent of the overall figure for crime in the capital.

The borough saw improvements in a number of key areas, with a 13 per cent reduction in drug offences, and a 40 per cent reduction in people apprehended with intention to steal. The number of incidents of shoplifting were down 15.5 per cent, while possession of firearms offences were down by 7.7 per cent from last year. There has been an 8.5 per cent increase in the overall notifiable offences in Kingston, however this trend correlates to all other London boroughs. 

Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar, South West BCU Commander, said:

“All the officers and staff from the South West Command Unit are working extremely hard with members of the community, partners and Kingston Council to prevent and investigate crime and harm. We are determined to provide the best possible service to members of the public whenever you need to call on us.”

Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said:

“We are pleased that Kingston continues to be one of the safest boroughs in London. Our vision is that everyone who lives in, visits or works in our borough should be safe and feel safe. 

“Along with the Police and our  Safer Kingston Partnership colleagues, we will continue to do everything we can in order to reduce crime and keep Kingston safe.”

To find out more about the activities of the Safer Kingston Partnership, head to www.kingston.gov.uk/safer