People in Stanmore and elsewhere in Harrow could be waiting over two hours for Police to respond to ‘significant’ 999 calls, new figures show.
Over two thirds of Metropolitan Police forces are taking more than one hour to respond to some calls, with outer boroughs being worst affected.
What’s worrying for Stanmore residents is that Harrow is the second worst performing borough.
Some callers were waiting up to two and four minutes for police to arrive.
Figures published by the Mayor of London’s office shows between November 2018 and April 2019, officer responses doubled from 62 minutes to 124 minutes – the average response time was 97 minutes.
Emergency calls to the police are categorised as S (Significant) on grounds including genuine concern for somebody’s safety, a potential hate crime, an incident involving a road collision or an incident where a witness or likely evidence is likely to be lost.
The target set by the Met Police is one hour.
Over 60 per cent of London boroughs failed to meet this target in the six month period, including neighbouring boroughs Barnet (90 minutes) and Brent (95 minutes).
Martin Myers, who has lived in the area for 32 years said he’s not surprised by the figures.
He commented: “I can’t remember having to call the police in a few years myself, but it doesn’t surprise me.
“They’re so understaffed, even minor robberies and crimes they don’t bother to coming out to anymore. It’s got to be a bomb to get them there quickly – two hours is not really acceptable.”
Metropolitan Police have been contacted but are yet comment.
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