HC Deb 03 March 1983 vol 38 cc182-3W
30. Mr. John Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Metropolitan Police will introduce further measures to seek to reduce the number of burglaries in London.

Mr. Whitelaw

In his recent preliminary report to me the Metropolitan Police commissioner included information about the measures he proposes to take to prevent and detect burglary. These include a better use of manpower by directed foot patrols in areas with a high incidence of this crime, the organisation and concentration of detective manpower and improvements in the gathering and use of information. The commissioner also proposes to strengthen and extend co-operation between the police and the community through both the new local consultative arrangements and specific crime prevention projects such as neighbourhood watch and property marking schemes.