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Police in Bromley 'maintaining control' over crime rates, as borough commander highlights moped fears

PUBLISHED: 10:04 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 24 July 2017

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Figures up to March were released last week

Bromley borough commander Chief Supt Chris HaffordBromley borough commander Chief Supt Chris Hafford

Crime figures have revealed a minute increase in the number of incidents reported last year around the borough, while Bromley’s most senior police office has highlighted how the police is tackling resident’s moped fears.

Figures released last week showed Bromley as one of the safest London boroughs, after seeing a rise in crime of just one per cent in the 12 months from March 2016.

While the number of drug-related offences had dropped by nearly a fifth, from 857 the previous year to 691, theft and robbery saw a marked rise.

There were 364 reports of theft from a person by March 2017, up by nearly a quarter on the previous year when 297 were reported.

Chief superintendent Chris Hafford, borough commander, explained the policing picture in the months since the data was collected.

He said: “I am very pleased that we are maintaining control over crime in the borough, but we are not complacent.

“An issue that has been highlighted to us as causing concern to residents is the dangerous use of mopeds and in the last few months this anti-social behaviour has also been coupled with an increase in more serious crime, such as robbery and burglary with stolen mopeds being used as getaway vehicles.

“In response we have launched Operation Lexington, to tackle this type of criminality, as well as the anti-social behaviour caused by the misuse of mopeds and motorcycles around the borough.

“We have also introduced the crime prevention campaign ‘Be Safe’, which focuses on residential burglary, theft snatch and moped-enabled crime and is supported by operational activity. Its aim is to motivate, empower and mobilise residents to take small crime prevention steps to protect themselves and their property, while my officers continue to work hard to disrupt and arrest the criminals.”

The number of sexual offences reported saw a rise of 13 per cent, though this is considered to be due to improved reporting rates, rather than a rise in incidents.

Elsewhere the number of weapon-related incidents have also seen a drop of five per cent.

According to the data up to March, Bromley is placed as the 12th safest London borough.

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