Crime down by third in Hackney Central after joint Council and police project

Hackney Central station

A joint project by Hackney Council and the police to reduce crime in the Hackney Central area saw robbery and antisocial behaviour fall by a third between July and September 2021. 

The project, which was centered on the Narrow Way and Mare Street in Hackney Central, saw the Council remove graffiti, illegally parked mopeds and carry out trading standards visits to the businesses in the area to check they were trading safely and legally, alongside crime prevention patrols by the police and the Council’s Community Safety and Enforcement service.

The initiative was in response to the feedback from the Hackney Central Conversation – a widespread engagement which saw around 2,000 people give their views on the area, with community safety highlighted as one of the priorities for improvement.

A number of outreach visits from Young Hackney and Women at the Well ensured that vulnerable residents needing support were referred to local support services for help.

It also saw community protection notices issued to three individuals responsible for the majority of antisocial behaviour in Hackney Central, the seizure of counterfeit tobacco from a business in the area and the seizure of over £2,200 worth of counterfeit tobacco and medication from a member of the public. 

As a result of the project, recorded crimes in the area dropped from 75 in July 2021 to 53 in September. 

In addition to these measures in Hackney Central, the Council has recently renewed borough-wide alcohol controls, which have been in place since 2010 and have seen complaints about street drinking drop from 609 in 2010 to 38 in 2019.

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety
Officers from across the Council have worked closely with the police to achieve this reduction in crime in Hackney Central, and help create a better environment for all local residents.

We’ll continue to listen to what local people have told us about making Hackney Central safer and we’ll work with traders, partners and residents to help make sure Hackney is a place everyone can enjoy. I would urge anyone experiencing antisocial behaviour to report it to the police or anonymously to Crimestoppers.
Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

Residents and businesses can help to create a safer Hackney Central by reporting incidents of antisocial behaviour and crime. This will help to identify those responsible for antisocial behaviour and help the police and the Council to develop a clearer understanding of antisocial behaviour issues. 

Residents can make a report to the police by calling 999 in emergencies or 101 in non-emergencies, or by visiting www.met.police.uk. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Any reports or intelligence will be treated seriously and in the strictest confidence. 

The Council is continuing to work with residents, businesses and organisations in Hackney Central to help turn the views of thousands of local people into the Hackney Central plan. Find out more at https://hcc.commonplace.is