The challenge of anti-social behaviour in Tower Hamlets was made clear this week as it was revealed that 19,412 ASB reports were made to the police last year alone. This equates to almost 54 reported incidents every day of the year.
Labour councillors say that the number of calls makes clear the scale of the challenge facing the borough. The figures were released following enquiries from Labour who have pledged to work closely with local communities to develop new ways to crack down on anti-social behaviour.
The current independent Mayor, Lutfur Rahman, has been accused of failing to adopt a pro-active approach to crime. Labour are instead characterising him as ‘complacent on crime’ without any meaningful plan even though offences in the borough have risen 9% since Rahman came to power. By contrast crime in London as a whole has gone down 2% over the same period.
Labour’s spokesperson for Crime and Community safety, Cllr Mizan Chaudhury, said:
“We all know that anti-social behaviour is a major issue on our streets, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. With 54 reports of anti-social behaviour every day of the year the Mayor should have got the message that this is a challenge which needs tackling.”
Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
“Whenever I speak to people in Tower Hamlets the thing I hear time and time again is that not enough is being done to crack down on anti-social behaviour. The more I listen to people’s concerns the more I realise that the current Mayor just doesn’t get the problem.”
“Working to make our streets safer will be at the heart of my administration.”