Religious hate crime has risen dramatically in Croydon compared with London
* General faith hate up 94% (39.6%)
* Islamophobia up 70% (56.6%)
Other forms of hate crime are also on the rise but at a lower level than London as a whole.
* Racism 5.7% (17.5%)
* Disability 91.3% (137.7%)
Finally transgender trade is up 50% slightly higher than London (42.3%).
These shocking figures in a Borough that prides itself on its diversity were revealed by retiring Borough Police Commander Andy Tarrant at the Victim Support Hate Crime Conference on 21 October held in Braithwaite Hall.
In the discussion I expressed concern about this rise stressing that although Croydon has diverse groups too many live in their own silos with no real interconnection with each other. The situation is likely to become worse with the continuing Government cuts to Council and other services, the tensions that are rising from the growth of Croydon and its population, and the stresses created by growing inequalities leading people to express their frustration through hatred of other groups.
Child Refugees From Calais
The situation could become worse with negative reactions by some people to the arrival of child refugees in Croydon from Calais. Fortunately others have welcomed them.
Tarrant also said that hate crime was significantly under reported so the problem may be greater than the statistics suggest. It has been on the increase since BREXIT.
This is set against a background of general crime in Croydon with The Croydon Advertiser highlighting the 10 area hot spots:
There are two events in November which give those concerned with this alarming trend in hate crime to try and shape the future of how the police, the Council and the community respond.
1 November. Closing date for Safer Croydon Partnership’s consultation on a new community safety strategy starting next April.
The Partnership wants to hear our views about what we think should be included. It would also like to know how you would like us to communicate with you about crime prevention & safety. The Partnership comprises police, council, fire, probation and health agencies, businesses, community and voluntary sector organisations.
You can see the current strategy here
To take part in the survey go to
However, it you want to submit more detailed views it looks like you will have to email Cllr Hamida Ali, Cabinet Member of Communities, Safety & Justice and Chair of Stronger Communities Partnership, directly at email@example.com.
15 November. 10am-12 noon. Croydon Voluntary Sector Alliance on Equalities (Hate Crime) and Commissioning (Community Fund and Live Well Alliance)
Cllr Hamida Ali, and Anita Brako, Public Health, will be presenting.
Please reserve your place at
I discussed some of the issues 2 years ago in
For a discussion on crime in general in Croydon see my submission to the Fairness & Opportunity Commission at