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Street Crimes

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Macclesfield of 18 February, Official Report, column 189, he will publish in the Official Report a comprehensive table of the number of persons arrested during 1980 and 1981 for offences of stealing most likely to have occurred in the street for each police district within the Metropolitan Police area; if in addition he will list the numbers of persons of West Indian or African appearance arrested for such offences; and if he will express these numbers as a percentage of the total figures.

The detailed information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give figures for the number of street crimes, including the ethnic breakdown of those convicted for 1980 and 1981 in Greater London divided by police authority area, indicating which London boroughs are contained within which police areas.

[pursuant to his reply, 11 February 1982, c. 427]: We understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that it is not possible to identify separately all those recorded offences which occurred in the street. The only information available relates to those types of offences of stealing most likely to occur in the street and is given in the following table; corresponding information for 1981 is not yet available.

Certain serious offences* recorded by the police
Metropolitan Police District, 1980Number of offences
Police District
A—(Part) Westminster2,581
B—Kensington and Chelsea7,325
C—(Part) Westminster6,079
D—(Part) Westminster6,197
H—Tower Hamlets7,070
I—Heathrow, etc.3,021
J—Waltham Forest, Redbridge, etc.8,744
K—Havering, Barking and Newham13,877
P—Lewisham and Bromley13,606
Q—Brent and Harrow8,555
R—Greenwich and Bexley11,647
S—Barnet and Hertsmere5,834
T—Richmond-upon-Thames and Hounslow7,417
V—Kingston-upon-Thames, Merton, etc.6,643
X—Ealing and Hillingdon9,434
Y—Haringey and Enfield12,585
Z—Croydon and Sutton, etc.10,547
* Those types of offences of stealing most likely to occur in the street: theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, theft from a vehicle, theft of pedal cycle, theft from a person of another and robbery.