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    The most dangerous areas to live in London


    The most dangerous areas to live in London

    London is home to more than 8 million people. Like all major cities, some boroughs are more dangerous than others, with higher levels of crime and an increased risk of being involved in dangerous scenarios, such as assault, robbery, rape and knife crime. Accidents, from road traffic accidents to violent crime, can happen anywhere in London, but statistics show that these are the most dangerous areas to live:

    1. Westminster: Westminster is one of the most densely populated areas of London and it boasts one of the highest violent crime rates per person, not only in the capital, but in the whole of England.
    2. Lambeth: Lambeth tops the list of homicide offences in the capital; between 2000 and 2012 there were 154 offences compared to just 23 in Kensington and Chelsea and 14 in Richmond upon Thames. Lambeth is also one of the worst areas in London for knife crime.
    3. Southwark: Southwark is one of the most dangerous areas to live, with high rates of gun and knife crime; other areas that rank highly include Hackney, Haringey, Brent and Waltham Forest.
    4. Islington: A crime map produced by the Metropolitan Police showed that Islington has one of the highest incidences of robbery.

    Staying safe in the most dangerous areas to live in London

    If you live in a dangerous area or you find yourself passing through, here are some suggestions to help reduce the risk of car crashes, burglaries and injuries caused by assault:

    • Implement security measures at home, such as fitting a burglar alarm, leaving a light on when you go out, ensuring all doors and windows are locked and using security lights.
    • Avoiding leaving keys by the front door; astute burglars can use devices to obtain keys through the letterbox before burgling your home and maybe even taking your car if the keys are on the same ring.
    • Stick to well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking on your own, especially in the dark.
    • Always arrange a lift or taxi home after a night out; never use unlicensed cabs.
    • Avoid walking around with cash on you and secure valuables in a zipped bag or internal pockets.
    • Don’t flash expensive phones or music players around.
    • Lock your doors when travelling by car.

    Claiming compensation for an accident in London

    If you’ve been injured on the streets of London, sustained car crash injuries in an accident on the road or been involved in an accident in a public place, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 055 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more about making a personal injury claim. Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience in road accident claims, work accident compensation and public liability compensation.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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