There are a lot of positive things that can be said about the Met. Initiatives to create safer neighbourhoods combined with the publication and promotion of crime prevention tips are testimony to this. However, trends and statistics are still vital to understanding the real impact of crime in London.
Annual Burglary Rates Have Decreased
The 12 months to October 2014 show an overall decrease in residential and business burglaries across London compared to the 12 months to October 2013.
Although Bexley showed a 7.2% increase in burglaries, and Haringey posted a disturbing 10.2% increase, most boroughs show a decline of at least 2% with many boroughs posting percentage decreases in the teens and twenties.
Business Robberies Have Also Decreased
There’s further good news regarding business robberies, although the 12 months to October 2014 haven’t been kind to business owners in Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, or Harrow.
These boroughs posted increases in business robberies of 12.9%, 38.5%, and 31.3% respectively, meaning overall crime statistics shouldn’t be an excuse for complacency around security.
In direct contrast to their neighbouring borough, Brent and Barnet’s businesses seem to have invested in some steel doors, as their business robbery rates plummeted by a respective 49.4% and 43.4%. Enfield comes out on top with an impressive drop of 52.9%.
Violence against the Person Has Increased in Every Borough
Although your personal and businesses possessions may be safer, the statistics offer a sobering reminder that security protects much more than your favourite items.
The Met’s broad definition of violence against the person covers crimes from harassment to murder, while also including grievous bodily harm, and possession of an offensive weapon with intent.
The statistics are uniformly grim across these areas with every borough posting a marked increase in violence in the 12 months to October 2014.
Compared to the same period to October 2013, Kingston upon Thames shows the lowest increase in violent crime, and even this is an unpleasant rise of 7.5%. With an average increase of 21.8% across London, and the fact that many perpetrators carry out violent crimes in the victim’s home, there’s never been a more pressing time to ensure your home is secure.
Sexual Assault Has Also Increased
Adding to the increase in crimes against people, there has also been a marked increase in rape across all London boroughs.
While the Met posts an overall increase of 32.8% across London, Westminster and Lambeth’s rape statistics have increased by over 50%. It’s a common misconception that all rapes happen in dark alleyways, so keeping your home safe is crucial, especially given this worrying trend over the last 12 months.
Crime Rates Have Picked Up for Winter
Adding some credence to the accepted argument that longer nights provide cover for burglars, statistics show an average burglary increase of around 25% over the autumn and winter months.
Personal vigilance and good home and business security are key to keeping safe, and the Met has started using Twitter to remind Londoners that now is a good time to invest in decent security. With Christmas approaching, you can’t leave anything to chance.
What the Insurance Companies Say
It’s a dubious honour, but in spite of the statistical decrease in burglaries across London, the city is still known as the UK’s burglary capital. In fact, insurance price comparison site Moneysupermarket.com, lists 12 London boroughs within the top 20 for insurance claims.
This not only causes an increase in insurance premiums throughout these boroughs, but serves as a reminder that London’s overall crime rates may be dropping, yet London is far from crime free.
There are plenty of good reasons to live in London, and campaigns by the Met and Borough Councils show that people are increasing their vigilance and security.
In a city as large as London, leaving anything to chance isn’t an option. Steel doors, alarms, security systems, and common sense will always be your best line of defence against metropolitan criminals.
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