FT: India’s business elite sounds alarm over Rolex thefts in London’s Mayfair

Feb 08, 2024,07:52 AM

So scary!


“People are being mugged in the heart of London — in Mayfair,” Narang, a member of the executive committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said at the meeting. “All CEOs in India have had an experience of physical mugging and the police not responding,” he added.

London has been hit by a wave of street crime, with “theft from a person” — a category that includes stealing watches, handbags and mobile phones — rising 27 per cent last year compared to 2022. There were 72,756 such incidents in the capital in the year to December 2023, compared to 57,468 in the previous 12 months, according to Metropolitan Police data. The district of Westminster, where Mayfair is located, has been particularly affected, with theft from a person rising 40 per cent last year. There were 25,650 such incidents in 2023, compared to 18,310 in 2022.

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