Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

LEAVE YOUR DOORS OPEN; Met Chief's Astonishing Claim That London Is Getting Safer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

LEAVE YOUR DOORS OPEN; Met Chief's Astonishing Claim That London Is Getting Safer

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Byline: JACK LEFLEY

SIR IAN Blair's claims that Londoners can leave their front doors open without fear of being burgled sparked astonishment today.

The Met chief, left, said new community policing is making people feel as safe as they did 25 years ago.

But his comments about a Haringey tower block bewildered residents. It also flies in the face of burglary figures and crime prevention advice.

Sir Ian met two officers who had "adopted" a tower block. "How long is it since police patrolled the corridors of a tower block?" he asked. "It's as if, when the slums they replaced were flattened, the police stopped patrolling. People are opening their doors now, or leaving them unlocked, certainly, in a way they haven't for 25 years."

He also claimed the leaders of the Safer Neighbourhoods police teams were like the "sheriff" keeping watch over his patch.

The remarks were branded "truly extraordinary" by Damian Hockney, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority. …

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