Women’s safety top priority for Wandsworth Council

Published: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Wandsworth Council's community safety lead Cllr Jonathan Cook has been meeting with the police and other key partners to discuss safety in the borough following the death of Sarah Everard.

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On Wednesday night Wandsworth Town Hall was lit orange – the colour for the international campaign to end violence against women and girls

Cllr Cook said: "Everybody has been shocked by recent events and I want to reassure our residents that as a council we are working with the police and our partners to do everything we can to make sure women feel safe on our streets.

"Statistically we know that Wandsworth is a very safe borough - in fact the safest in inner London. We have worked very hard over the last few years to make sure measures are in place that help towards that and we will continue to do more together so that women are safe and feel safe.

"For instance we have really good CCTV coverage across the borough and are currently upgrading the existing camera network with the latest technology which will link back to a new 24/7 control room. We are also investing in redeployable cameras to provide a quick and flexible response to issues of crime and anti-social behaviour."

Following his meeting with the police, Cllr Cook confirmed that police patrols had been stepped up across the borough.

He said: "We are also continuing to do regular checks on our street lighting to make sure they are all in full working order and in fact over the last few years we have taken the opportunity to design out dark and unsafe areas, with good lines of sight. This is particularly the case for new developments within Nine Elms, the Riverside Quarter, and Wandsworth Town Centre so there are no areas that could feel potentially unsafe. We will continue to look at how we can further develop our planning procedures to design out crimes that disproportionally affect young women.

“We would encourage members of the public to get in contact if they spot a broken street light, or if vegetation that is obstructing lights needs to be cut back. We will fix these problems as a priority.”

He added: “On behalf of everyone at Wandsworth Council all our thoughts are with Sarah Everard’s family following this tragedy.”

The deputy leader of Wandsworth Council, Kim Caddy said: "We don't want any women in our borough to feel unsafe. I know that the Violence against Woman and Girls strategy is currently being updated with a lot of new thinking to address many key issues around women's safety. There is some really fantastic partnership work underway in this regard and now more than ever it is important that all our different agencies are pulling together and working together to tackle these issues and help women across Wandsworth feel safer."

Barrie Capper, Wandsworth Police Inspector said: “We are listening to our communities and working with partners to address concerns around personal safety. We want all our communities to feel safe, so we have increased our patrols in town centres and open spaces and continue to work to prevent and investigate street crime.”

  • Personal safety advice from the police is available here. To contact your local policing team, go to your area on the Met Police website
  • A new safety app has been launched to help keep Wandsworth’s schoolchildren safe. Read more
  • All the borough’s Boots pharmacies are Safe Spaces for those at risk or suffering from abuse. Victims can subtly ask for help by asking for ANI (Action Needed Immediately). Read more
  • You can report a broken streetlight or overgrown vegetation here

 

Notes to editors:

In the 12 month period March 2020 to February 2021, Wandsworth reported the lowest crime rate of the 12 inner London boroughs and is also lower than the comparable London rate.

 

Crime Type 

Inner London rank 12 month period (1 = best, 12 = worst) 

Total Crime (TNO) 

1 

Violence against the person 

1 

Robbery 

1 

Burglary 

2 

Vehicle Crime 

4 

Sexual offences 

1 

Domestic abuse 

1 

Knife crime  

1