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Enfield sees big drop in Youth Violence

Published Friday, 04 May 2012

Knife crime, youth violence and gun offences have bucked the London wide trend and plummeted in Enfield in the last year new figures reveal.

Statistics provided by the borough's Safer & Stronger Communities Board, made up of police, Enfield Council and other bodies show gun crime dropped 49.6% between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012, knife crime dipped by 10.9% and serious youth violence dropped by 17.9 per cent.

The results compare favourably with the figures for London as a whole which saw increases in serious youth violence (up 0.5%) and knife crime (up 6.3%) and a drop in gun crime (down 11.8%).

Enfield Council and the police attribute the drop to a major clampdown on youth crime and gangs. Successes have seen the families of known gang members evicted from their homes and the first person in the UK to be jailed for breaching a gang injunction.

Enfield was also the first area in England and Wales to launch the Call-in process which sends a stark warning to gang members that they must change their lifestyle or end up dead or in prison.

Other statistics show that for 2011/12 in Enfield crime reduction has significantly outperformed London as a who with Rape dropping by 23%, Robbery by 12% and other sex crimes dropping by 13%, although there was a small rise in burglary (1.5%), and increases in theft from motor vehicles (8.7%) and theft of a motor vehicle (2.3%).

The Council and the police announced a fortnight ago that its crime fighting priorities in 2012/13 will continue to be tackling serious youth violence, gangs and knife crime.

Enfield Council's Cabinet for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "We're having a real impact on the crimes which worry people the most in Enfield, but we can't afford to be complacent and we will continue to do everything we can to reduce crime and disorder and make sure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

"Enfield is a safe place to live, work and visit and it is our job to make sure our streets remain safe and as importantly ensure that people feel safe when they go about their daily business.

"The entire community suffers every time a child is injured or killed on our streets and we are determined to make Enfield an even safer place than it is today by continuing to focus our attention on those crimes that worry residents, parents and children the most - gang crime, youth violence and gun crime."

Chief Superintendent Jane Johnson, Borough Commander said: "I know that people in Enfield are concerned about youth crime and violence and the prevalence of gangs in the borough and it is encouraging to see that working with partners we are seeing reductions in these offences. I'm committed to working with partners to make Enfield an even safer place for all."

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