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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to commit to the continuation of our ward based crime prevention services which we understand may be under review due to budgetary pressures. More details
The Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood in Westminster has suffered for many years with the scourge of on-street prostitution. It affects the quality of life and safety of residents and local businesses on a daily and nightly basis. The issue deteriorated in 2014. Both residents and local business representatives believe this is due to the lack of visible policing, on a regular basis, which acts as a deterrent to both the prostitutes and their clients. Since the introduction of new community policing arrangements in early 2014, we share this vital and effective policing resource across other wards, which do not experience the on-street prostitution issues to the same extent as the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood.
We have very much welcomed the progress made through our partnerships with the Met Police (through the Safer Neighbourhoods Ward Panel and, since late January 2015, through Operation WAGRAM night patrols) and with Westminster City Council (Councillors Acton and Cox have been very supportive). They have met monthly for several years to review the action that is being taken and share information. We, the residents and local business representatives, have worked tirelessly to assist the police, following ther advice to report offences and we have ourselves invested in CCTV and sensor lights to act as deterrents. The simple fact is that your decision to remove the 'ring-fencing' of dedicated police resources, where officers are now frequently 'abstracted' to undertake other tasks, has left us afraid to walk in our own neighbourhood and at times, even outside our front doors. The need for economy and and efficiency should not lead to abdication of responsibility to protect us from this constant and disgusting daily and nightky affront to public safety.