The Mayor repeatedly contested the figures supplied by Mr Bacon and instead pointed to the work his team had done dealing with terrorism. Mr Bacon and the Conservatives released damning figures in their ‘Cost of Khan 3’ report which showed major increases in residential burglary, robbery, homicide and knife crime. But, the GLA Conservative leader slammed Mr Khan for a lacklustre response to the crime epidemic across London.
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Speaking in Mayor’s Question Time, Mr Bacon asked: “Gun crime is up, knife crime is up, rape is up, taking motor vehicle offences is up, residential burglary is up, knife crime with injury is up, knife crime with injury and robbery is up and you think honestly that London is more safe now then when you took over as Mayor?”
Replying, Mr Khan said: “Yes I do.”
The Mayor has claimed some 20 times in the last three years that central government and Tory cuts are to blame for the rise in crime rates.
GLA Conservatives have previously said Mr Khan was adopting a ‘not me guv’ attitude to the recent rise in crime after they identified wasteful spending that they say could be spent on an extra 1,738 police officers for the capital.
The 2018 homicide rate of 135 deaths is a two percent increase on 2016 and was the highest rate of fatalities in the capital since 2008.
Meanwhile, the Tories report also claims that knife crime has increased by 52 percent, robberies by 60 percent and residential burglary by 37 percent.
Mr Bacon said: “The Mayor clearly has started to believe in his own spin if he thinks London is safer now than it was three years ago.
“Whether it’s knife or gun crime, robbery or burglary, crime has soared since Sadiq Khan took office, it takes a special kind of arrogance and complacency to deny that our city is now less safe.”
The Conservative GLA leader said it was unbelievable that Mr Khan could make the comments in light of another bloody week in London.
Last week, five people were killed in six days across a violent weekend where the capital’s 2019 murder rate climbed to 59.
Mr Bacon added: “The Mayor claims to understand the fears of many Londoners who worry about their own safety or their children’s wellbeing on our streets. They will be astonished to hear Sadiq Khan claim our city is safer.
“In a way, Khan’s denial of reality makes sense. In the past three years, he has spent millions more on culture projects, spin doctors and City Hall bureaucrats instead of police officers. If he genuinely believes our city is safer, no wonder his response to the violent crime epidemic has been slow and lacklustre.”
Sadiq Khan has put his hat into the ring to be re-elected for a second spell as London Mayor and will face-off against Conservative candidate Sean Bailey for the top job.
After the ‘Cost of Khan 3’ figures were released, a spokesman for the Mayor said: “As the Commissioner has said, there has been a nearly 20 per cent fall in knife injuries for under-25-year-olds – a key indicator of serious youth violence. But our job has been much harder by the Government’s crippling cuts to the police and preventative services including youth services, local councils and charities across our city.
“Police officer numbers have fallen to the lowest level since 2003 and we’ve seen the decimation of the very services that help to address the root causes of crime.”