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Borough crime case studies

Tackling crime and preventing it is best achieved when all the relevant agencies and the local community work together

Local crime solutions

People often think of the police as the only agency involved in tackling crime. But crime and threats to community safety often touch people’s lives in complex ways and usually have multiple causes.

This complexity means that tackling crime and, crucially, preventing it from happening in the first place, is best achieved when all the relevant agencies and the local community work together to develop local solutions to local issues. 

London is a uniquely diverse and complex environment and the capital’s 33 local authorities, who both know and democratically represent their communities, are uniquely placed to work closely with the police, local people, businesses and voluntary and community organisations to promote public protection and tackle crime.

Case studies

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  • Lewisham violence and vulnerability

    There are several strands to Lewisham’s approach to violence and vulnerability and peer on peer abuse, and it is this combination of approaches, each with their particular aspects and strengths, that enables effective holistic action to deliver improved outcomes - that include a 67 per cent reduction in repeat victim assaults.

  • Lewisham FGM Awareness Campaign

    Lewisham has residents who have undergone, or may be at risk of, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), but there was a lack of awareness, among both professionals and the public, of FGM - including definitions and where to go for support. In 2013 Lewisham launched a multi-agency campaign to address  this lack of awareness.

  • Tower Hamlets - Whole school approach

    Schools have a crucial role to play in helping young people to develop respectful relationships, manage their emotions, and challenge the way in which some young men behave towards young women.

  • Lambeth (Theft)

    The report considers the scale and impact of metal theft in the London Borough of Lambeth.

  • Westminster (SYV)

    An unprecedented rise in serious youth violence in Westminster prompted considerable community concern.

  • Westminster (VAWG)

    Domestic violence and other forms of domestic abuse are widely underreported in our communities.

  • Wandsworth (Dogs)

    Wandsworth council saw growing concern around dangerous dogs. A local initiative that would both encourage responsible dog ownership by residents was launched

  • Southwark (SYV)

    Read about the Southwark Anti-Violence Unit (SAVU) and their focuses on urban street gangs.

  • Newham (ASB)

    Residents of Newham complained to council and police about the behaviour of groups of young men who were gathering in groups to chew khat.

  • Lambeth (ASB)

    in 2010 Lambeth council and Lambeth police recognised their response to potentially high risk and vulnerable victims of anti-social behaviour required a review

  • Lambeth (VAWG)

    Violence against women is a significant issue in Lambeth.

  • Hounslow (VAWG)

    The need for a domestic violence prevention programme in schools was identified by the Hounslow Domestic Violence Network.

  • Hillingdon (ASB)

    A poorly-designed 1980s pedestrian subway was attracting anti-social behaviour. Various organisations, led by Hillingdon council, came together to deliver physical improvements.

  • Greenwich (SYV)

    Greenwich had Concerns around the level of gang activity in the area. Borough funding enabled the creation of a dedicated Violent and Organised Crime Unit (VOCU)

  • Enfield (SYV)

    Enfield has experienced persistent levels of youth delinquency since the mid-1990s. The borough has taken a Problem Orientated Partnership (POP) approach underpinned by a SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response, Assessment) approach.