Cllr Greg Smith reaffirms Council's zero tolerance policy
Speaking to an audience of all the major players in the fight against
crime locally Cllr
Smith argued that the council can do it's bit by reducing the environment for crime, but that this must also be matched by robust policing.
The early morning summit, last Thursday 14 September, was organised by
the Met Police and the
Peace Alliance as a way of bringing residents associations, neighbourhood watch groups, religious leaders, schools and voluntary sector organisations together to talk about combating crime locally.
"Cracking down on crime and anti-social behaviour is the number one
Hammersmith & Fulham Council," says Cllr Smith. "We are inspired by the 'broken
windows' approach of former Mayor Giuliani and Police Commissioner
windows Bill Bratton in New York
City, which cut crime by over 70 per cent.
"There are two parts to this, high-visibility, 24/7 beat policing
and minimising the environment for crime. Broken windows theory states
if you let the so called victimless quality of life crimes -
graffiti, fly-tipping, public drunkenness, youths causing havoc on
mopeds, literal broken windows - go unchallenged, it creates an
environment for further crime, escalating in seriousness. "
Cllr Smith highlighted zero tolerance measures recently introduced by
the council like; £75
on the spot litter fines, a borough-wide controlled drinking zone and an upgraded CCTV operation.
"No longer will it be acceptable for graffiti to remain untouched
for days on end. No longer will fly-tips be allowed to sit going
rotten on our streets. No longer will drunks littering our parks,
street corners and communal open-spaces be tolerated."
"We have made a good start in cranking up our fight against crime
but there is more to do and I want to make sure that everyone who has
something to offer in this fight is able to have their say."
Cllr Smith announced that in the New Year the council will be hosting
the first ever H&F
Cllr Smith concludes, "The H&F Crime Summit is specifically
designed to ensure we have the most robust and effective 'big
tent 'response to crime, anti-social behaviour and the terrorist
threat anywhere in London."
Among others, the breakfast was also addressed by Greg Hands MP, who
spoke about his
experiences of living in New York City in the early 1990s when the zero tolerance approach was being implemented there.
Cllr Smith concludes, "The police and council are working together
to make the borough a more pleasant place for all. We are doing our
bit by reducing the environment for crime and with robust, tough local
policing the anti-social minority will get the message that we're
no longer a soft touch."
September 21, 2006