Crime in Kingston drops
Crime rates in Kingston have dropped in the past three months.
In May, 869 offences were recorded, in June there were 866 and in July the figure dropped to 834 offences.
Neighbouring borough Richmond recorded 1,069 crimes and Wandsworth recorded 2,258 crimes in July.
More than half of the crimes recorded in Kingston last month were of an antisocial nature with Grove, Beverley and Norbiton wards where most crimes took place.
Beverley ward councillor Derek Osbourne, leader of Kingston Council, said: “There are richer London borough’s that would only dream to have the crime rates we have.
“We need to put this in context and compare ourselves to these other boroughs.
“In New Malden there are four pubs, a main railway station and a high street which all tend to lead to low level antisocial behaviour from a minority.”
The least antisocial wards were Coombe Vale, Alexandra and Surbiton Hill.
Crimes such as business robbery and motor vehicle theft affected the borough the least in July.