While walking and calling a taxi in North London, the minister’s phone was robbed by thieves on mopeds earlier this year.
Mr. Javid said the incident happened in a “flash” and believes he was lucky to have not been assaulted.
“Before I knew what was happening, it had gone. They just rode up, grabbed it and zoomed off. I was angry and upset but thought myself lucky not to have been stabbed or beaten up like many other victims who fall prey to these vicious criminals,” he said.
The minister admitted that the worries about his kids’ safety when they are out in London
“I worry about them, especially if it’s late. We want our children to be safe. It will drive me even more to ensure no parent worries about kids out at night. Our streets should be safe at all times, you shouldn’t have to worry about things like knife or other crime.”
Genuinely saddened to hear about Sajid Javid becoming the latest victim of moped crime. A truly terrifying experience that I wouldn't wish on anybody. But you do have to ask yourself, if the Home Secretary isn't safe, then who actually is? #LawlessToryBritain— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) June 17, 2018
— Sharza Dethick (@SharzaDethick) June 18, 2018
If only we had a Home Secretary, strong on law and order, who could stop this type of thing.— I am Duncan Smith (@IDS_not) June 18, 2018
He has unveiled an initiative to tackle crime in London, taking aim at the issues driving the surge in violence.
Mr. Javid said it’s important to give youths an alternative and called for a ban on online knife sales, among other measures.
Last year, over 23,000 moped crimes took place in London – an average of 63 per day – while knife crime has also risen sharply in many major cities across the UK.
The government has denied its policies are driving the crime surge and has made no indication that it will reverse the austerity measures.