Sadiq Khan has been slammed by a mayoral opponent after a survey aimed at better supporting victims of crime in London received an “abysmal” number of responses.

Data uncovered by Liberal Democrat candidate for mayor Rob Blackie found that Mr Khan’s Victim Voice Survey – launched in June 2022 – had only received 112 complete responses as of October this year.

The anonymous survey aims to improve the level of care and service that victims of crime receive from the police, by recording any concerns they raise.

It was announced on its launch by the Labour mayor as an “important step” towards “rebuilding trust and confidence in the Met Police”, and City Hall promised that its findings “will be regularly analysed”.

But in a Freedom of Information response sent to Mr Blackie, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) admitted: “No analysis has been undertaken to date as there are not enough responses to allow for robust analysis of the data.”

Mr Blackie said: “This is yet another example of the mayor putting press release first, action second – with victims’ voices being hailed as important and then completely forgotten about.

“Trust in the Met Police is at an all-time low and if we are to rebuild trust in the service, it is so important that victims’ voice is heard.”

He called the survey’s response rate “abysmal”, adding: “Time and again, we see this mayor announce a new initiative amidst a media storm but when it comes down to the follow through, next to nothing happens. London desperately needs a mayor who will get stuff done.”


Between June 2022 and October 2023 – since the survey was launched – a total of 1,436,771 offences were recorded by the Met. Theft comprised 374,719 (26 per cent) of those offences, followed by 352,184 violence against the person offences (25 per cent) and 153,084 vehicle offences (11 per cent).

The mayor’s office and the Met Police have been approached for comment.

Mr Khan has in the past emphasised the importance of supporting victims of crime in the capital, including by appointing Claire Waxman as the first Victims Commissioner for London in 2017.