Over the last two months, many residents of Rainham, South Hornchurch, and Elm Park have noticed an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour in and around their neighbourhoods. These concerns have been brought to the attention of MP Jon Cruddas, and Jon and his team are working to take appropriate and effective measures regarding this problem.
In hopes of better understanding this issue, Jon first launched an online consultation for residents to voice their concerns. Results showed that 95% of residents stated that they felt crime and anti-social behaviour had indeed gotten worse in the local area in recent years, and many wanted the authorities to address this. Upon gathering these results, Jon's Havering Coordinator, Fay Hough, has been speaking directly with residents and local Neighbourhood Policing Teams in order to learn more about the specific problems that have caused this unrest. Furthermore, Fay and her Havering Action Team worked to personally deliver surveys across the borough, focusing especially on streets that have seemed to be of particular concern.
Thanks to the active participation by residents in completing the online and freepost surveys, it appears that some of the most prominent issues include an increase in burglaries across Rainham Village, a rise in speeding mopeds on residential streets in Rainham and Elm Park, and noticeable fly-tipping across the south of the borough. These results have been very helpful to Jon and his team, as they provide valuable and specific insight into the concerns of the area. Jon has expressed his intentions to address these issues, emphasizing that "it is of paramount importance to me that residents feel safe in their homes, and in their communities."
In the coming weeks, Jon will be launching a local petition calling for the council to install a speed camera on Upminster Road South in Rainham Village as a way to control motor vehicles, with particular emphasis on the speeding mopeds. This action, the first of many, will hopefully come with positive results.
Fay Hough will continue to work closely with the council to take sufficient measures and come up with solutions, and Jon will be meeting with the Borough Commander of Havering in the near future to discuss the matters in depth. These issues are of utmost concern to Jon, and he will "continue to work with our local police to ensure that the worries and concerns of people in the south of Havering are heard, and addressed."