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More police officer would make residents feel safer

07 December, 2017

• IT is clear from speaking to residents that the safety of their families and their communities is a top priority for them.

With the rise in moped crime on our streets, it is understandable that residents sometimes feel unsafe and want strong action against to crime and anti-social behaviour.

Camden Conservatives recently organised a public meeting on moped muggings with the commander of the borough’s police to discuss the rise in moped muggings.

The police have taken positive steps, but we believe that residents would feel safer with more police on our streets.

That’s why Conservative councillors proposed Camden Council hires 18 additional new Metropolitan police officers to patrol local streets – one for each ward – at November’s full council meeting.

This would be resourced using the Met’s “buy-one-get-one-free” match-funding scheme, which means that the council will foot only half the bill: stretching our resources twice as far.

Sadly, this was opposed by Labour councillors, even though Camden has used the scheme in years gone by.

There are 1,000 more Met officers now than there were 10 years ago, but if every borough adopted this policy, our streets would be safer still.

I believe that every resident has the right to feel safe and secure in Swiss Cottage and in the rest of Camden. I urge the council to address residents’ concerns and take firm and decisive action to keep our streets safe.

KATE FAIRHURST
Swiss Cottage Conservatives

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