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Gang flagged crime

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Unmesh Desai Unmesh Desai Labour

Why have the number of gang flagged crimes been decreasing since 2016?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

There has been a reduction of approximately 50 per cent in gang flagged crime reports since Calendar Year 2016 (to Calendar Year 2019). Whilst gang flags reduced across all crimes, gang flagged crimes continue to account for a significant proportion of serious violence.

As part of the MOPAC review of the Gangs Violence Matrix this reduction was considered, with some possible reasons cited as the effectiveness of MPS focus on policing London gangs, and the violence threat moving into other areas (e.g Organised Crime or county lines activity).