Murder map of London shows more killings north of the river

There were 92 murders in London in the 12 months ending in March 2015 and the highest rates were recorded in the central area of Westminster and 2 outer boroughs, Enfield and Ealing. Each had 6 murders.

Urbs has used the latest data from the Metropolitan Police to plot a murder map of the capital. It shows the second highest rate of 5 murders in the period in a group of north London boroughs – Brent, Haringey, Islington and Hackney. The 10 boroughs that had 4 or more murders were all north of the river.

Crime Murder map

No murders took place in Sutton and Bromley on the southern fringe of the capital or in Havering, on the eastern edge of London.

The murder map shows a different pattern to the map for overall crime. That shows higher crime levels in inner London and lower in the outer boroughs. The map for murder in the past year shows more of a north/south split.

Crime map

To put the London murder statistics in some context, in 2014 there were 328 murders in New York, and that was the lowest rate since 1963.

Source data

The data from the Metropolitan Police does not include the City of London, which has its own police service.

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