New research shows that police are solving less crime since Boris became Mayor and that Westminster is well below the UK average for solved crime. In Westminster 19 per cent were solved in 2012/13 compared to the UK average of 27 per cent. This amounts to 50198 unsolved crimes in Westminster last year.
The police are also solving less crime compared to 2008/09 when Boris became Mayor. In Westminster 25 per cent were solved whereas this year it was only 19 per cent.
These revelations come at a time when fewer crimes are being reported to the police and when Westminster has lost 393 police officers and 279 PCSOs since May 2010.
Local Labour London wide Assembly Member Murad Qureshi AM said:
“It is shocking that overall reported crime is down yet the number of unsolved crimes in Westminster is up to 81 per cent. Boris talks big about reported crime going down, but so far he has ignored that the number of crimes actually solved on his watch has plummeted. Compared to the average in England and Wales, London is trailing on the number of crimes solved where we should be setting the gold standard.
“Since May 2010, in Westminster the number of PCs has been reduced by 24 per cent and PCSOs by 74 per cent. Boris talks about getting more bobbies on the beat but the figures clearly show this is not happening.
“This proves Boris can’t have his cake and eat it. If you cut the police budget by as much as the Government has then there will be repercussions. Victim satisfaction in London is lower than elsewhere in the UK and this is not acceptable. The Mayor must act now.”