Well the 4 MET coppers I saw in the park on Monday afternoon (the official takeover day) must've been a figment of my imagination. They also confirmed unless it is happening in the surrounding roads and it is of 'life and limb' importance they have been directed not to respond.
As for robbery going up, maybe the reporting will be more realistic.
I will await feedback from locals etc before judging the handover but...
To be fair, on the 'official take over day' you are
going to see the new team, aren't you?!?
Much the same as when my old neighbourhood beat changed to additionally cover a fairly busy station, I spent the majority of my time for a few weeks there to show a presence.