A fifth of all murders in London can be linked back to Merton, according to a report published this week.
The report on knife crime has been put together by Neil Thurlow, head of Safer Merton.
Since 2016 there has been a 21% increase in knife crime in the borough at about 15 offences each month.
The highest level is seen in Figge’s Marsh and Cricket Green, accounting for 30% of all knife crime offences in the borough.
Colliers Wood and Pollards Hill are the see the third and fourth highest levels respectively.
But the increase in offences is less than half the increase that has been seen across London.
The report said: “Merton has not been unaffected by this increase [in 2018] in murder rate and knife crime.
“We have had one murder on borough, we have seen one ex-Merton young person killed in Camberwell and, through work undertaken by the youth offending team, they estimate that London’s murders can be linked back to Merton, in some way, in an alarming 20% of cases.”
It goes on to say that police cannot deal with the ‘pandemic’ of knife crime alone.
A ‘knife crime plan’ is set to be signed off by 14 September.
This will include how other organisations could contribute to weapon sweeps in the borough.
It will also include what front-line staff, like wardens and street cleaners, should do if they come across a weapon and whether training needs to be provided by the police for these groups.
The report is set to be discussed by Merton Council’s Joint Consultative Committee with Ethnic Minority Organisations on Tuesday.