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View from the House: Still working to drive down burglaries

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 March 2018

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Tackling burglary remains my top priority. Redbridge Council’s response to public concern has been commendable.

Although the council isn’t responsible for policing, Cllr Jas Athwal’s team are using every lever available to them: improved LED street lighting, £1.5million for CCTV and automatic number plate recognition to create a ‘ring of steel’ around our borough and the trebling of uniformed enforcement officers on our streets.

Residents, too, have been doing a brilliant job at taking care of their neighbourhoods with community whatsapp groups and street patrols, following sensible, common sense, precautions when driving around to spot suspicious activity and deter burglars. I welcome the council’s decision to put £50,000 aside to fund community crime prevention programmes.

The news that Sadiq Khan is funding additional police officers across London is welcome, but it’s now time for the government to step up to the plate. Instead, the Tories are inflicting real terms cuts to the policing budget in London. This isn’t good enough. I will continue breathing down their necks in Parliament.

As I write this, the prime minister’s speech on housing is another damp squib. We need bold action to tackle Britain’s housing crisis. Cllr Farah Hussain is doing better: as well as building new homes, her team have ensured that no family is spending longer than six weeks in temporary bed and breakfast accommodation.

Now we need government to embark on the housebuilding programme our country needs.


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