With Lambeth becoming the area with the fifth highest crime rate in the capital, and violent crimes in the borough reaching record highs, Lambeth borough council has announced its new strategy to combat the increase.
A report presented by Councillor Mohammed Seedat, Cabinet member for the Voluntary Sector, Partnerships and Community Safety, revealed theproposal for Lambeth’s first ‘Tackling Violence against Young People’ strategy. The strategy will bring together council assets and agencies as well as input from voluntary organizations, the Police and the health service.
The councillor claimed ‘It will adopt a public health approach to fundamentally change how Lambeth address’s violence against young people.’ Describing his report as ‘first steps’, Cllr Seedat said further consultation with the community and young people will continue.
With more than 10,000 police reports of violent crime a year, this is now the borough’s highest crime statistic and it is set to continue rising. ‘This proposed work will directly improve the borough’s most significant crime and disorder issue’, claimed the councillor.
The report also presents the new initiative as cost neutral, as it is intended that the strategy will only require a ‘reconfiguration of existing services.’
Rasheda Alam, a Lambeth resident, who previously commented on policing in south London, had this to say about the proposed initiative to lower violent crime – ‘I don’t think it is enough to stop the problem, ‘cause the resources they already have have proven to not be enough, so just changing it up isn’t going to work, they need to put more money in.’