CRIME hotspots in Enfield are concentrated around the borough’s southern and eastern borders and found around shopping centres and petrol stations, a police map has revealed.

Figures of reported crime obtained from the www.police.uk website show that the borough’s residents reported more than 2,700 crimes in June, including 825 incidents of anti-social behaviour, 247 burglaries, 387 vehicle crimes and 366 violent and sexual offences.

While only a snapshot, the figures show that the eastern corridor of the borough, between Ponders End, along Hertford Road up to Enfield Wash, experiences the highest levels of crime.

The main crimes reported east of the A10 were anti-social behaviour, burglary, theft and violence and sexual offences, with the area around Morrisons petrol station in Southbury Road, Ponders End, experiencing a particularly high level of crime.

A total number of 19 crimes, including seven incidents of theft, were reported in the area during June.

In the south, around Edmonton Green shopping centre as well as Fore Street, Edmonton, a relatively high number of shoplifting, theft and anti-social behaviour offences were reported to police. Southgate Tube station was the crime hotspot in the west of the borough, with a total of 35 offences being reported, including theft, anti-social behaviour and shoplifting.

In west Enfield, the crime reported most was also antisocial behaviour and this part of the borough also experienced a relatively high level of burglaries and vehicle crime.

Chris Bond, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “The eastern corridor is more densely populated than other areas and offers more opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour.

“These areas have retail parks, shopping centres and public transport hubs and are key priorities for the safer and stronger communities board in reducing crime and disorder in the borough.”

The current priorities for the safer and stronger communities board, which includes officers from the council, police and fire brigade and NHS managers, are tackling serious youth violence, tackling violence against women and girls, reducing burglary and vehicle crime and tackling anti-social behaviour.

Last month, the Metropolitan Police launched its Summer Anti-Social Behaviour Initiative, with Enfield officers promising to clamp down on rowdy behaviour, youths loitering and anti-social behaviour by people in cars.

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