Richmond Police statement
On 22nd February at about 18:30hrs, police were called to a report of a robbery at KFC on High Street, Hampton Hill. Although understandably shaken by the incident, the victims were fortunately unharmed. They had a mobile phone and a quantity of money stolen from them by two suspects described as mixed-race teenage boys aged between 16 and 17. No arrests have yet been made, but enquiries continue.
The victims called Police and officers arrived on scene 47 minutes after the initial call. All calls to Police are graded based upon risk and immediacy. Calls where there is a clear risk to individuals or wider community, or where offences are occurring at the time, attract an ‘I-grade’ response. All ‘I-graded’ calls have a target response time of 15 minutes. The next level of response are ‘S-grade’ calls which have a target response time of 60 minutes. These are calls that still require a Police response but where the risk or immediacy has been mitigated. In this case the call was ‘S-graded’ as the suspects had left the scene and therefore the risk had been reduced.
We are aware of a perception that crime has increased exponentially in Richmond. We wanted to take this opportunity to reassure our residents that this is not the case, and that Richmond Police and Council continue to work together in partnership to make Richmond a safe place to live and work.
From January 2018 to January 2019 we have witnessed a 4.5% reduction in total offences reported in Richmond compared to the previous 12 months. During that time we have also seen significant progress in other areas, with a 3.8% reduction in burglaries, 6.6% reduction in motor vehicle offences, and 15.9% reduction in sexual offences. Richmond is still one of the safest boroughs in London, and we want residents to feel supported by their local council and police.
There has undeniably been a percentage increase in robberies over the past 12 months, with the number of robberies up by 50% on the previous 12 months. However, this equates in numbers to a total of 389 offences in 2018-2019. This is noticeably lower than figures in surrounding boroughs: for example, in 2018-2019 Hounslow reported 964 robberies, Wandsworth 920 and Hammersmith and Fulham 826.
Richmond Police and Richmond Council continue to tackle the increase in robberies, and we have already seen a 34% reduction in robberies reported on Richmond between November 2018 and January 2019 as a result. Through effective partnership work we hope to see further reductions in the coming months. We are aware that there is still work to be done, but where we have seen an increase in robberies the numbers remain low in comparison to other neighbouring areas of London, and we are doing all we can to tackle this increase robustly.