Agenda item


To receive a report from Andrea Clemons, Head of Community Safety.


Received a report from Rod Bennett on the SSCB Performance Monitoring and Partnership Plan.



  1. Performance for a large number of offences were generally showing a reduction – Total Notifiable Offences (-0.6%). ASB calls (-21.7%), Burglary (-10.3%), Theft from Motor vehicles (-22%).  The MOPAC 7 crime categories are showing a -7.5% decrease in the last 12 months.
  2. There has however been an increase in knife crime in the borough and three of the MOPAC indicators are showing increases in the last 12 months including Criminal Damage (+3.1%, Robbery (+12.4%) and Violence with Injury (+10.9%) an increase in Violence against the person of (+11%).
  3. The London borough performance tables show the percentage change for the MOPAC 7 Crime figures for the last year to August 2015 at (-6.5%), which puts Enfield in the first 5 of the 32 boroughs. For Total Notifiable Offences at (-0.4%) - Enfield is in the first 6. 
  4. For vehicle crime, the majority of incidents are thefts from motor vehicles which include a high number of number plate thefts. Whilst the figures for burglary show a 10.3% decrease from the last 12 months, the winter seasonal peak is to come and therefore current initiatives are targeting this crime– SmartWater is currently being deployed through the Neighbourhood Watch schemes and through Metrace.
  5. Violence against women and girls show a slight rise this year with approximately 50 additional reports to police of reported domestic abuse violence with injury.  There has been improved reporting and a small number of people account for a large proportion of cases.  There has been a significant increase in the number of MARAC referrals.
  6. Serious Youth Violence – shows a 19.1% rise in the last 12 months although compared to 2011/12 there is a 1.7% decrease. London overall has had a 13.6% increase. The north and east London areas are seeing a higher increase in this crime.  


The following issues were raised

  1. Although statistics show we have a +12.4% increase in robbery in the last 12months, there is actually a -20.3% reduction compared to 2011/12. It was pointed out that the baseline figure is given from 2011/12.  Superintendent Carl Robinson pointed out that more work was being carried out with gang members which has led to more information being reported to the police and more incidents recorded.  Where a robbery has occurred when a knife is also evident, this will now be recorded under two crime categories.
  2. Reference was made to a stabbing in Turkey Street and the need for neighbourhood policing.   It was stated that Operation Teal has been used to target gang members.
  3. When asked how many incidents of gun crime there had been, it was answered that there had been 10 gun discharges over the previous year. The Commissioner is particularly concerned about this issue and is looking at whether there should be more ‘stop and searches’ carried out.
  4. The changing demographics/ diversity of the borough was raised.  It was thought the north and east London areas, which are seeing a higher increase in crime, may be as a result of the changing demographics of the area.  This occurs as high numbers of people move out of the more affluent areas of London to other boroughs.   It was stated that there was approximately an additional 50,000 people living in Enfield since 2008 and many of those often move from one area to another, and therefore they may not feel an attachment/ affinity with their neighbourhood. The youth offending team  carry out work with youngsters in the area and reference was also made to Youth Community Action.  It was suggested that further details/ statistics could be included in future.
  5. Some members of the public were concerned that although statistics appear to show that the number of crimes, are going down in the area, there appear to be a number of crimes that are going unreported, especially in relation to car crime.  It was asked that if there are particular areas that are of concern to residents that they inform the police in order that they can target resources in these areas.  This is especially relevant as we are approaching the winter when more burglaries occur, as they are undertaken under the cover of darkness.
  6. A member of the public spoke of the connection between crimes. She thought the increasing level/ supply of drugs would have an adverse effect on a number of other crimes. It was agreed that the use of drugs and alcohol has a significant impact on crimes committed. Superintendent Robinson said the police do target those people who are ‘dealing’ drugs.  However he pointed out that when a ‘dealer’ is removed another one will often emerge to take their place.
  7. A concern was raised that gang members who currently carry knives may move on to having guns, even though there is a higher penalty to be paid for carrying guns and a greater risk of fatality. 
  8. A member of the public raised concerns that gang members are often hiding knives in resident’s gardens. She also said she saw people dealing/ using drugs openly on streets.
  9. It was asked if the cases of domestic abuse being recorded are those reported by the victims and if there are dedicated officers to deal with these cases.  It was answered that cases are reported by the victims involved, and also by others, including doctors.  Doctors are being asked to make routine enquiries to ask people how they have received their injury.  When a report is made there are dedicated officers to deal with the case, although initially it  may be the emergency response team who are first involved. It was stated that all officers are trained in dealing with these situations.
  10. Serious Youth violence has shown a 19.1% increase in Enfield in the last year and it was asked how schools were dealing with this matter. Police Sergeant Steve Hicks covered this matter under item 7.
  11. A member of the public asked about the training undertaken by the police when working with the community on domestic incidents, she was concerned that in the past victims of domestic/ emotional abuse had sometimes not been taken seriously.  It was confirmed that all police officers are trained in this field.

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