Think of Whitechapel and the first thing to come to mind will probably be Jack the Ripper. Even though his crimes occurred in 1888, he is still well known in the annals of crime. This is mostly due to the fact he was never caught, and no one can be certain of who he was. The Metropolitan Police website reveals 11 women could potentially have been his victims. Some were all but confirmed to be connected to him, while others were unsolved murders and there was some disagreement over whether he was to blame.
Today, Whitechapel is a very different place. When the 2011 Census took place, it found there were 14,190 residents in the area. While most Whitechapel residents have little experience of crime of any kind, a crime breakdown for December 2015 to November 2016 revealed 1,079 incidents of anti-social behaviour occurred in the area. This was by far the biggest type of crime to occur. Overall, Tower Hamlets – the London borough where Whitechapel is located – experienced 30,552 crimes in the 12-month period to December 2016.
How safe is Whitechapel?
Despite its somewhat grisly history, most people agree it is safe and pleasant to live in Whitechapel. Crimes do occur here, just as they do throughout the rest of London, but most residents don’t have any first-hand experience of them. It is always good to take precautions and to be alert to your surroundings, of course, since you never know if something might happen near to where you live or work in the area. Some of the crimes to be reported in Whitechapel include:
- Vehicle crime
- Criminal damage
If you carry a handbag or other type of bag with you, make sure it is always securely closed and the flap or fastening is nearest to you. Don’t use mobile phones or other expensive items in public either, if you can help it – many thieves are opportunists and will pick an easy target over a more challenging one every day.
Don’t be too alarmed though – Whitechapel has lots to offer and its proximity to Aldgate and Aldgate East Underground stations makes it easy to get around the city from here. London Fenchurch Street, with its overland services connecting to destinations beyond London, is also within easy walking distance.
Staying safe while you are enjoying Whitechapel and the rest of London
Wherever you are in London, it makes sense to apply some basic safety pointers to help you enjoy your time there without incident. For example, don’t walk around on your own at night if you can help it. Plan your journey and make sure you can get home safely without relying on walking long distances on your own.
There are lots of ways to travel in London:
- On foot
- On the Underground or by using mainline services
Whichever method you use, make sure you travel safely. For example, take care inside railway stations, especially if the weather is wet – the floors are often tiled and they may be slippery. Never run on escalators and make sure you stay alert to where you are going and where you are putting your feet. Trying to rush to catch a train can be dangerous, especially if the doors are closing when you get there. It is always much safer to wait for the next one, which isn’t usually far behind.
Many people choose to walk in London, especially if they only need to reach an area that is one or two Tube stations further up the line. If you do, always cross the road at a proper crossing and wait for the traffic lights to change in your favour. This can prevent accidents from happening. The roads are usually very busy and accidents can happen in a split-second.
Take care when cycling
Cycling can be a faster way to get around London than you’d think. Cars can sit in traffic jams, but a cyclist can move along the row of traffic to reach the front of the queue. However, be very aware of your surroundings and remember not everyone will be able to see you. If you are on the inside of the traffic, it is very easy for someone to turn left in front of you and to knock you off your bike in the process.
Around 75% of cycling accidents resulting in serious or fatal injuries happen in urban areas where traffic is heavier. It doesn’t get any heavier than it is in London. Furthermore, approximately one-fifth of cycling fatalities in London occur when an HGV (heavy-goods vehicle) collides with a cyclist. Be especially careful when moving around these vehicles, as the driver may not be able to see you.
Discover today whether you could claim for injuries in an accident in Whitechapel
Suffering any sort of accident is a real shock and one it may take some time to recover from. The physical injuries received in an accident can also take time to heal. Serious accidents may lead to life-changing injuries that change the way you live from the moment of impact onwards. If you have been injured in a cycling accident, a slip, trip or fall, a car accident or even in some other way while in Whitechapel or somewhere else in London, call us today. Accident Advice Helpline has been achieving compensation for clients just like you for over 16 years. You too could receive the benefit of our advice.
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