Crime Report: Westminster

Westminster has by far the highest crime rate in London, 152% above the average for the capital. This is not surprising given the extremely high numbers of tourists, workers, shoppers, and leisure visitors in the borough every day and night, which dwarf the resident population against which the crime rate is measured.

According to data from the Metropolitan Police there were 42,200 crimes in the borough in the 12 months to the March 2015 giving it 205 crimes per 1000 residents. The average rate for London is 81.

Crime report Westminster

Every main category was above average, however the figures are dominated by two of the theft subcategories – theft from a person and what the police classify as other theft. There were 19,389 of these offences, which is 5 times the average London level. These crimes alone give Westminster a crime rate higher than the London average, even if there were no other crimes. These types of theft offences cover crimes such as pickpocketing which are prevalent in city centre tourism and nightlife areas.

6 murders were committed in Westminster in the period, the highest level in London and the same as Enfield and Ealing.

There was also a very high incidence of rape – 249 cases, 81% above average.

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Crime Report: Wandsworth

All major categories of crime are below average rates in Wandsworth with drugs offences, robbery and fraud all at least 30% below London-wide rates.

Wandsworth recorded 22,500 crimes in the 12-months ending March 2015, according to data from the Metropolitan Police, giving a rate of 71 crimes per 1000 people. This is 13% below the London average of 81.

Crime report Wandsworth

Within the major category data there is some less positive news. Wandsworth has the highest rate of car theft in London, as reported by Urbs. 1,052 cars were stolen in the 12 months to March 2015. That is 30% above the average rate and bike theft is 37% higher.

The picture is mixed for drug offences. While the overall rate is low the 145 cases of drug trafficking were 19% above average for London.

There were 2 murders in the period

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Where 22,000 cars were stolen in the capital last year

dreamstime_s_27170312Wandsworth is the car crime capital coming top of the list of the 32 boroughs where a total of 22,000 cars were stolen last year.  Wandsworth wins the accolade only narrowly as car theft is spread quite evenly across the city and only 5 boroughs have fewer than 500 cars stolen. In comparison, cycle theft is far more focused on central areas, perhaps reflecting  a higher number of inner city cyclists and where commuters leave their bikes for the day.

Data from the Metropolitan Police for the 12 months to March 2015 shows that car theft went up by 8% on the previous 12 months. 1,052 cars were taken in Wandsworth, and Newham was just 5 cars behind. But, as our map shows, the pattern of theft was quite evenly spread with a few more dark areas in the east than west.

Car theft

Lowest levels were in the south west but the safest place to park a car was Harrow, with just 195 taken in the period.

Bike theft is focused on the centre of the city. 17,300 cycles were stolen in the 12 months to March 2015, a fall of 7%.  Westminster was the most likely place to lose you bike, with 1,296 taken followed by Hackney with 1,282 stolen cycles. These 2 boroughs, plus Camden, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Lambeth form a central ring that accounted for nearly half the cycle thefts.

Bike theft

After these areas the most worrying place to park your bike in a rack were the western boroughs of Wandsworth, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham.

The outlying boroughs of Havering and Bexley saw the lowest bike theft figures.

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Crime Report: Waltham Forest

The crime rate for Waltham Forest is a little below the average for London, but some serious offences are at above average levels. Violence against the person, drug offences and robbery are all a little higher than the city-wide average

There were 20,700 crime committed in the year to March 2015, according to data from the Metropolitan Police. This gives Waltham Forest a rate of 76 crimes per 1000 people. The average rate for London is 81.

Crime Report Waltham For

At 18% below average theft stands out in the major crime categories. Sexual offences are also lower with rape 15% below the all London average.

There were 152 cases of possession of an offensive weapon, which is 37% above average and drug trafficking was 28% higher. Both tampering/interfering with a motor vehicle and bike theft were substantially below average.

Waltham Forest reported one murder in the period.

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Crime Report: Sutton

Sutton has the third lowest level of crime of the 32 London boroughs. All major categories of crime are below average rates with fraud, drug offences, robbery and theft particularly low.

Data from the Metropolitan Police for the 12 months to March 2015 shows that there were 10,900 crimes committed, giving a rate of 54 crimes per 1000 people. This is 33% below the London average of 81.

Crime Report Sutton

Sutton was one of two boroughs reporting no murders in the period. There were 102 rapes reported, which is 13% below the average for London.

Crime levels were above average in only a few sub-categories. There were 637 cased of criminal damage to a motor vehicle, which is 13% above the London-wide average. Burglary in a non-dwelling was 9% higher.

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Crime Report: Tower Hamlets

Several major categories of crime in Tower Hamlets are well above average rates for London, contributing to an overall crime rate that is 17% above city level. Violence, sexual offences, drug offences and robbery are all above the average for the capital.

There were 27,300 crime committed in the year to March 2015, according to data from the Metropolitan Police. This gives Tower Hamlets a rate of 95 crimes per 1000 people. The average rate for London is 81.

Crime Report Tower Hamlets

The high level of sexual offences included 190 rapes, that’s 13% above average. There were 3 murders in the borough during the period.

Fraud and burglary were below London-wide levels, but burglary figures were polarised between 1,208 cases in a dwelling (23% below average) and 1,207 other cases (38% above).

Cycle theft was a major problem in the borough. The 1,265 cases were 121% above average. Shoplifting was 33% below city-wide levels.

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Crime Report: Southwark

All major categories of crime are above average rates in Southwark. The overall crime rate is fueled by a high rate of drug offences and robbery. There were 2,739 drug offences, that’s 82% above the London average. Robbery was 62% higher than average.

Southwark recorded 30,000 crimes in the 12-months ending March 2015, according to data from the Metropolitan Police, giving a rate of 98 crimes per 1000 people. This is 20% above the London average of 81.

Crime report Southwark

Rape is above average in the borough, with 27% more offences than the rate for London. The high number of theft offences includes more than 1,000 stolen cycles, 79% above average.

A few sub-categories of crime were below average levels. While burglary is a little above London rates burglary from a dwelling is 12% below. Theft from a motor vehicle and criminal damage are also below city wide levels.

There were 2 murders in the period

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Crime Report: Richmond

Richmond has one of the lowest crime rates in London with some offences substantially below London level. Robbery is 71% below the city average, drug offence 56% lower and violence 43% lower.

Richmond recorded 10,800 crimes in the 12-months ending March 2015, according to data from the Metropolitan Police, giving a rate of 55 crimes per 1000 people. This is 32% below the London average of 81, the 4th lowest in London.

Crime report Richmond

The burglary count is at average rate and is divided into the 824 burglaries in a dwelling (23% below average) and 846 other burglaries (42% above average). 615 cycles were stolen, which is 57% above city-wide levels.

Richmond recorded 2 murders in the period

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Crime Report: Redbridge

While Redbridge has broadly average levels in most crime categories there are high rates for a small number of offences. The burglary rate generally is exactly at London wide levels, but within that number is hidden a 24% higher level of burglary of homes. Theft of a car and taking a motor vehicle are 34% above average.

Data from the Metropolitan Police shows that there were 20,100 crimes in the 12 months giving a rate or 68 per 1000 residents. The average for London is 81.

Crime report Redbridge

Theft, criminal damage and violence against the person were all well below the London-wide rates. Sexual offences were a little above average with the exception of the most serous offence of rape. There were 120 rapes reported, 25% below average.

Redbridge recorded 3 murders in the period

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Crime Report: Newham

Newham’s crime rate is slightly above the London average and is driven by the large number of robberies. There were 1,486 cases in the year to March 2015 which is 77% above the average level for London.

Data from the Metropolitan Police shows that there were 29,900 crimes in the 12 months giving a rate or 87 per 1000 residents. The average for London is 81. Apart from robbery most major categories of crime were near to average levels for London and burglary and criminal damage were below.

Crime Report Newham

The sub-categories reveal some high rates of some serious offences. There were 250 rapes, which is 29% above the city-wide average and more than 1,000 cases of wounding/GBH, 26% higher than average.

Handling stolen good and cycle theft were also well above the London rate.

There were 4 murders in Newham in the 12 months.

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