CRIME is significantly down in Hammersmith and Fulham, according to latest figures.
There were 901 fewer offences in the borough between September 2011 and September 2012 compared to the previous equivalent period. Robbery, gun crime and burglary were all down. In total there were 22,894 offences compared to the previous year's 23,799, with more than 100 fewer robberies (737), 400 fewer burglaries (2,101) and more than 50 per cent less gun crime (28).
Borough commander Lucy D'Orsi revealed the area now has the second highest crime detection rate in London. "If you are a criminal thinking of breaking the law in Hammersmith and Fulham, there is an excellent chance you will be caught," she said.
There was some bad news, though. Rape cases rose from 70 to 75, while there was also an increase in hate crimes including those of a racist and homophobic nature, and domestic violence.
Chief Superintendent D'Orsi expressed her delight at the overall picture and put the improvement down to targeted policing, greater use of warrants and 'good old fashioned' stop and searches.
Mrs D'Orsi said: "We are making excellent progress and there are a number of factors. We have been swamping areas of high crime like Shepherd's Bush Green and North End Road, which means there is more of an even spread of crime through the borough now.
"Stop and searches are still very effective, if done properly. It's about making this a tough place to be a criminal."
Mrs D'Orsi said greater communication with residents through social media platforms and crime roadshows has also helped. "It is a joint effort with the community," she added.
Mrs D'Orsi puts the rise in domestic violence partly down to a 'greater confidence' in reporting incidents by victims. "We have been actively encouraging them to come forward. We have now got an 82 per cent conviction rate. I would urge all victims of domestic violence to come forward."