Stop Knife Crime

Hammersmith Town Centre – Community Reassurance

As violent crime and knife incidents escalate across the capital, HammersmithLondon BID is working in partnership with the National Business Crime Centre, Metropolitan Police and Local Authority to reassure our town centre community on the measures being implemented to improve safety both locally and across London.

These include:

Hammersmith Town Centre Policing

  • • The additional level of policing provided by the BID funded officers and safer neighbourhood teams continue to provide high visibility reassurance and address anti-social behaviour through their daily patrols across the town centre. The searching of communal areas for weapons stashed and proactive operations have also been conducted to combat this crime directly.

 

London Policing

  • • A new violent crime taskforce of 120 officers has been created, focusing solely on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality.
  • • Targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers have been introduced for areas worst-affected by knife crime
  • • The Metropolitan Police and Mayor’s office have created a knife crime action plan to assist every borough in tackling violence locally.

 

BID Safer Town Initiatives

  • Body worn cameras have been supplied to the security teams within the Broadway centre.
  • • Although our pub community and evening economy have not been impacted by an increase in violent offences, we are supporting them with additional SafetyNet radios and search wands for door staff.
  • • Plans to work with the UK’s leading anti-knife and gun crime charity and introduce knife amnesty bins to Hammersmith have entered the consultation phase.

Advice to Hammersmith retailers

 

Local Authority Proactivity

  • • The Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Trading Standards team work in close partnership with the Met Police to support retailers involved in knife sales as well as robustly monitoring the unlawful selling of knives through proactive operations
  • • LBHF officers are also part of the Met Police Operation Sceptre steering group. This is a multi-agency initiative that focuses on tackling knife crime and offering Pan-London guidance and training.

 

Preventing Future Violence

The Mayor’s office has created the £45m Young Londoners Fund to help steer young people away from violent crime and invested £7 million to projects to combat youth violence across London

Find out how HammersmithLondon BID’s security projects and risk management programme is making Hammersmith a safer environment in which to work, visit and invest in at: http://hammersmithlondonbid.co.uk/safercities2018_securityriskanalysis/

Tackling knife crime is a priority for the Met; whether you want to find out how you can help yourself, your friends or family you’ll find practical help and advice here

For further information or to join the Hammersmith Business Improvement District – Crime Reduction Partnership (BID-CRP) please contact the BID Operations Manager, Gordon Brockie at g.brockie@hammersmithlondon.co.uk, T 07931 703129