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12/06/02
Street Crime Success For the Met
- 'London has turned the corner,' says police chief

STREET CRIME is on the way down in London, according to the latest figures from the Metropolitan Police.

"London has turned the corner. I knew we had to take radical steps," said Met chief Sir John Stevens as he revealed the numbers of robberies in London had declined by nearly 20 per cent between May 2001 and may 2002.

Before today's good news, street crime figures had shot up in recent years, mostly due to snatches of mobile phones. Since then, the government and police have leaned on phone makers to ensure their products are much more crime-proof and the latest figures are seen as evidence of the success of that campaign.

Not that the Met wants complacency to set it. "We have got to make sure we continue to drive into street crime," Stevens said.



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