Tony Arbour
Wider promotion of street pastors could lead to 60% reduction in night street crime

Tony Arbour, London Assembly Member for Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow, will today ask the Mayor of London to agree to meet with Street Pastors, to find out more about how their actions have led to dramatic reductions in street crime.

Figures reported in 2009 in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, saw reductions in street crime of 60% and 43% respectively, where the Street Pastors were operating.

Tony Arbour said:

“Street Pastors seem to be having a significant impact in the areas that they operate. Not only have the police in areas such as Portsmouth seen dramatic reductions in crime, but also the Deputy Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall has noted that vehicle crime and burglary also dropped in Street Pastor patrol areas. In the spirit of the volunteering demonstrated during the Olympics, the Mayor should look to embrace such organisations, and work with them to combat criminal activity in hotspots across London.”