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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Making Tower Hamlets safer

News   •   Sep 10, 2010 13:57 BST

The number of residents that believe Tower Hamlets Council and the Police are doing a good job to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) has more than doubled this year.

Figures from the latest Metropolitan Police Service’s Public Attitude Survey show that 65 per cent of residents believe that the police and council are dealing with the crime and ASB issues that matter in the area - this is up from 30 per cent in July 2008 – June 2009.

The research also shows that they are better listeners, with 65 per cent of residents agreeing that the police and council seek people’s views on crime and ASB, compared to 38 per cent in July 2008 – June 2009.

Councillor Abdal Ullah, Lead Member for Community Safety at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “We know that feeling safe is a key concern for residents and that is why it’s a priority for the council. We’re working closely with the police and other partners to tackle anti-social behaviour and help make residents feel safer.

“We’ve introduced the Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers, and over the last few months we’ve set up a number of new crime-fighting initiatives through the Tower Hamlets Safer Together campaign. They have seen an increase in high-visibility patrols across the borough to help reassure residents and tackle anti-social behaviour.”

Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers (THEOs) were introduced by the council in November 2009 to tackle ASB and help make residents feel safer. The team of 16 THEOs spend more than 1,500 hours per month patrolling the streets of Tower Hamlets. Armed with overt body CCTV cameras, their high-visibility presence helps to reassure residents and deter trouble-makers.

Working closely with the police, they have powers under the Police Reform Act to seize alcohol and tobacco and request the name of a person acting in an anti-social manner.

Since their introduction the council’s Annual Residents’ Survey (2009 – 2010) has shown that anti-social behaviour is decreasing – with significant decreases in the problem of teenagers hanging around on the streets (-5%) and rubbish and litter lying around (-8%).

Superintendent Mark Wolski of Tower Hamlets Police, said:  "The police and Tower Hamlets council are working together to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

“Already this financial year we’re achieving reductions across a range of different crimes including burglary (down 15.7%), robbery (down 1.7%) and serious youth violence (down 17.3%).

“This partnership has the energy and commitment to continue to succeed and improve in how we serve our community"


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