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Oxford Street in central London is getting its own dedicated policing team as part the Met Police’s plan to roll out Safer Neighbourhoods (SN) teams in the capital.

The SN team, which will comprise of one police sergeant, three constables and 16 police community support officers will be based at Marylebone Police Station. These officers will provide a visible policing presence to reassure businesses – including 300 shops – and the 200 million visitors to Oxford Street every year. They will be on hand to deal with criminal activity, and anti-social behaviour, without the possibility of being seconded to other operational duties.

Crime in Westminster as a whole has been steadily falling for four years, the Met says, and SN Teams are playing a part in maintaining its position as one of the best performing boroughs in London.

Superintendent Jon Morgan, said: "Oxford Street is currently experiencing its lowest crime levels since 1996. This is a result of us working together with our partners, and commercial businesses. The introduction of this Safer Neighbourhoods Team will help maintain this success and keep us one step ahead of those people who wish to detract from the experience of shopping on this world famous street."

Councillor Audrey Lewis, Westminster Council, said: "We have a very productive partnership with the Metropolitan Police and we are looking forward to helping officers in Oxford Street prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. Westminster council is rolling out its own CivicWatch process alongside. This dovetails with Safer Neighbourhoods to ensure that we work effectively together to solve any problems we jointly identify."
 
Gary Reeves, Chief Executive of New West End Company, said: "New West End Company is fully supportive of this initiative as part of our overall aim to reduce retail crime in a safer environment. We encourage all the retailers and businesses in Oxford Street to take part in this initiative."

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