In response to concerns raised with him by local residents in the Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside ward, Zac Goldsmith alerted the Police to an increase in constituent enquiries regarding burglaries and car thefts over recent weeks.

Zac sought assurances from the Police that the incidents would be investigated fully. The Police confirmed to Zac that they are aware of a recent linked series of offences in Ham.

Officers advised that there are a number of investigative and preventative tactics being brought to bear, as well as partnership work with a specialist unit, in order to bring a swift end to this series. Zac said: “I am alarmed by what appears to be an increase in burglaries in Ham. When one home is targeted, an entire street is left feeling vulnerable and at risk. I am reassured to hear that our local Police are working in partnership with specialist units to get to grips with it, and I will continue to liaise them to see what more can be done.”

I am hugely concerned about the recent rise in crime generally, and was disappointed that the police received no additional funding in the Chancellor’s recent Budget. I have made my views known to Ministers and colleagues and I will continue to put as much pressure as I can on the government to ensure our police are properly funded.”