Friday, July 01, 2005

Colliers Wood "Developing Hotspot"

From icSouthlondon

CRIME is falling in Merton, according to statistics from the borough's police.

Street crime fell by 24 per cent in the 12 months up until April and burglaries were down by 11 per cent compared with the same period in 2003-04.

There were 557 reported street crimes, including bag snatches and muggings, in the borough in 2004-05 -down from 732.

Motor vehicle crime also fell, with174 reported cases - down from 190 the year before.

During a meeting last Thursday Chief Superintendent Michael Wood outlined the progress police have made, particularly in combating public disorder offences.

He said drunken violence had been curbed in Wimbledon town centre owing to the effects of dispersal orders and increased staffing.

The statements were made at a meeting of the Merton Community and Police Consultative Group.

But areas of concern were raised including car crime in Colliers Wood.

The area was described as a "developing hot spot" by Safer Merton data analyst Chris Williams.

Granted its not Chicago here in SW19, but my car was vandalised twice last year, someone pinched my pushbike, and Raybs got mugged for his mobile phone.

I'd still like to see the data on (Google Maps or equivalent) rather than get it through the local paper.

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