PARKS across the borough have been recognised as providing safe spaces for residents to enjoy.
Normand Park in Fulham and Brook Green in Hammersmith were both given the Silver Safer Park Award by Mayor of London Boris Johnson at an awards ceremony at City Hall last month.
The award is in recognition of the introduction of anti-crime measures.
Lesley Thomas, of the Friends of Normand Park, said: “We are delighted that the park has won the award. The friends group attracts a lot of local people from all different walks of life. Once everyone gets to know each other they tend to have more respect for the park and treat it as their own. It is that sense of ownership that has led to a reduction in crime in the park.”
Jason Eker, of the Friends of Brook Green, said: “The group only formed two years ago but we have really managed to get the community involved during that time.
“We have held two Brook Green open days and they have helped us to raise awareness about the green. The council will be redeveloping the play area later this year and that will no doubt help to keep the green safe.”
Hammersmith and Fulham Council now pays for its own Park Constabulary with one inspector, 15 constables and three sergeants who provide uniformed patrols all-year round, until midnight in the summer months and 10pm in the winter.
Crime in Normand Park has fallen from 18 incidents in 2009 to seven in 2011, while there were seven recorded crimes in Brook Green last year.
Councillor Greg Smith, head of residents’ services, said: “I am delighted that these two parks are among the safest in London.
“It is a fact of life that parks can attract anti-social behaviour but this council works tirelessly with the police and residents to ensure our open spaces are as free of crime as possible.”