It's always hard to work out what is going on with crime locally. This data from the Mayors London Data Store shows the crime clean up rates for Islington. I haven't had a chance to do much analyis nor to compare with other London boroughs but it does show a steadily increasing clean up rate for most crime types. Apologies that the chart isn't the most clear – was in a hurry – click to make it bigger. The raw data is here as percentages
|All Notifiable Offences||16||14||12||15||21||18||20||25||28|
|Violence Against the Person||42||36||19||27||47||30||34||37||39|
|theft and handling||8||6||6||6||7||8||8||9||11|
|fraud and forgery||8||7||5||15||14||10||10||27||16|
|other notifiable offences||57||47||35||56||68||57||69||83||74|
This is extracted from original data found at this link. The link also has definitions of what used to be known as the clean up rate. Will do some more work on this so that we have a decent london wide comaprison for the next safer neighbourhood panel meeting.
The table below compares the Islington Borough Police clean up rate to the Met Police overall average by subtracting the the Met clean up rate from the Islington rate. The number in the table is the number of percentage points Islington is higher than the Met. A negative number shows Islington is lower than the Met average rate. The table is colour coded – Green shows Islington doing better than the Met, Red Islignton is doing worse than the Met average (if you can't see the full width of the table make your browser window wider).
It's hard to draw overall conclusions from this sort of data but Islington was slightly underperfoming the Met average in 2000-2001 and has steadily improved relative to the met over eight years to slightly outperforming the Met average. Data on criminal damage, where Islington is shown as doing much better than the Met average is balanced against the fact that the clean up rate for this is very low.
Have asked the police for a comment. Again when i get this sort of data I really miss the late Phil Jeffries, who would have done a proper job on it.
UPDATE 12 August
We now have a quote from the police in response to this piece:
DI Trevor Borely said: "Tackling burglary and robbery is currently a high priority for Islington Police and the whole of the Metropolitan Police Service, and we are committed to reducing the number of offences. We have established dedicated burglary and crime squads, targeted suspected offenders, and had some recent success in this as some prolific burglars have been sentenced which does make a real difference."
"Our Safer Neighbourhoods teams also do a lot of work with local communities to establish their priorities and give them crime prevention advice. Further information on this, can be found by visiting the MPS website and looking at the Bumblebee pages, or by contacting the local police."
|Islington Police vs Met average||2000/01||2001/02||2002/03||2003/04||2004/05||2005/06||2006/07||2007/08||2008/09|
|All Notifiable Offences||1||0||-2||0||0||0||-1||0||2|
|Violence Against the Person||14||10||-6||0||4||5||4||2||2|
|theft and handling||-2||-3||-3||-2||-3||-2||-3||-2||-2|
|fraud and forgery||-2||-2||-5||2||2||-3||-5||7||1|
|other notifiable offences||11||4||-9||7||7||6||9||18||11|