A recent article caught our eye on LINKEDIN regarding the Most Dangerous Boroughs in London! We wanted to check this out and share it with our community to demonstrate a number of points:
Firstly this sort of data helps us all to manage risk and put risk into perspective when it comes from a prime source such as the Metropolitan Police. Their dashboard for transparency and insight into crime in to London is a tool which is needed to be able to put violence into context
Secondly the data helps us plan operations and be aware of where we can expect to find public order offences, violence against the person, and possession of a weapon.
By analyzing the dashboard of offences, timeline and sub-offences we are able to analyze beyond the headline. Our concern is always about the safety of anyone affected by our day to day operations – and in London we are enforcing court orders to recover money and recover land. Both require the skill of enforcement agents to balance the competing interests of the parties. The party against who the Court is enforcing its Order can be upset and agitated over the consequences of enforcement action. This can become a trigger point for violence and over the years we have managed various situations – unarmed – and without police back up to ensure the Court’s Order is enforced.
We have never accepted there are NO GO areas in any of the 105 postcodes we operate in – instead we use enforcement agents who are experienced and adept at handling situations which are risky – although that risk has to be put into context which is why the Met’s data is so useful.