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Shoplifting epidemic is now out of hand

As the cost of shoplifting in London over 2023 was estimated at £110m, Caroline Pidgeon stressed the need for the Metropolitan Police to go "back to the basics" and invest in community policing.

Caroline said:

“The increase in shoplifting across London is unacceptable.

"The Met Commissioner and Sadiq Khan need to get to grips with a problem that is quickly becoming endemic. The fact that the rate of shoplifting has risen so much in London compared to the rest of the country is a real concern.

Save Wimbledon and Teddington police stations

In the wake of Sadiq Khan's intervention last year to keep Uxbridge police station ahead of the by-election there, Caroline has asked the Mayor to step in and also save Wimbledon police station from closure, as well as ensuring Teddington police station is retained for community use.

Action is needed on soaring Tube crime

On the BBC's Politics London show, Caroline Pidgeon discussed the worrying rise in crime on the Tube.

Caroline and the London Liberal Democrats are calling for:

  • More visible British Transport Police
  • Better and more widespread CCTV on the network
  • A public awareness campaign
  • High profile prosecutions for hate crimes

The Met Police must not ignore the shoplifiting epidemic

The Met attended only 38% of calls about shoplifting during the last year, according to data obtained by the Liberal Democrats.

While the data from the first few months of this year shows a slight improvement, the force is still attending to less than half of calls. The data comes on the back of numerous businesses struggling to cope with a rising tide of shoplifting across London and the whole of the UK.

Met's plan on violence against women and girls needs more work

Caroline Pidgeon has responded to the Metropolitan Police's draft action plan on Violence Against Women and Girls, arguing that it needs a stronger focus on ethnic minority women, children and online grooming.

Caroline said:

"I welcome the recommendations made in the draft Violence Against Women and Girls Action Plan from the Metropolitan Police. I particularly am pleased that it recognises that cultural change is needed within the service to protect women and girls
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