By Maximilian Clarke

A drop in overall crime, with a marked reduction in crime affecting London’s businesses, has been welcomed by Mayor Boris Johnson.

Over the past year Westminster has seen an 8% drop in shoplifting, theft, burglary and robbery in businesses across the borough. Bexley, Greenwich, Enfield, Lewisham and Waltham Forest, are amongst the boroughs with the highest recorded fall in business crime (between 12—15%). Overall across London there has been a 3.4% drop with 2,736 fewer crimes reported.

"Despite the challenges, London is getting safer,” said London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson. “Not only is overall crime down but the fall in business crime is great news for companies and particularly poignant during the tough economic climate. Our hard working police officers are working with traders to target the criminals who cost business millions in losses every year through theft and robbery. We’re getting some real results and we will continue to step up our efforts in the fight against crime."

The largest reduction has been in business robbery and theft from shops— commonly known as shoplifting, with an 11% fall. Although some boroughs have seen small increases, most areas have benefited from targeted police initiatives with local retailers on crime prevention and security measures.

Town centre based police officers have consulted widely with businesses in 2011 to identify and target their top crime concerns which include: anti-social behaviour, accessibility and visibility of the police, commercial theft/shoplifting, other theft and street crime/robbery.

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