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Theft in Barking and Dagenham

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Unmesh Desai Unmesh Desai Labour

Since 2017, there have been 2,340 reported robberies in Barking and Dagenham. Of these, 2,204, more than 94 per cent, have either been closed with no suspect identified, have not been updated since the original report, or are still under investigation. These figures follow on from other recent disturbing figures we have seen regarding low rates of prosecution and conviction for crimes in the capital. What more can the Police do to help improve in this area?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am also concerned by the low level of prosecution for these types of crimes and this has been the subject of discussions with the Commissioner. The Met has taken a number of steps to address sanction detection rates across the city. MI Investigation is now in place to train all frontline officers as crime investigators with a focus on maximising forensic opportunities from point of first contact through the entire investigation. This means that officers oversee their cases to completion, producing better outcomes and a better service to victims. It also frees up time for C.I.D to focus on serious and complex crimes. Improvements to the intelligence unit will also provide a more effective support to frontline policing and analysts who can ensure proactivity is directed against the most harmful and prolific offenders.