As two of the most diverse and culturally rich cities in the whole of the United Kingdom, the list of people with designs on moving to either London or Edinburgh is both lengthy and crowded. So the question is, would it be safer to live in London or Edinburgh?
For many people the number one factor in deciding where to live is safety. Whether it’s a road traffic accident or a public slip, trip or fall, a serious injury can be hard to cope with no matter what your circumstances.
Where am I more likely to make an accident claim – London or Edinburgh?
The best place to start is to have a look at the statistics to find out if it is safer to live in London or Edinburgh. According to the London Council’s website, in London:
– A total of 770, 443 crimes were committed in 2012/13. This is down by five and a half per cent on the previous year.
– The 33 London councils operate a total of 7, 431 public CCTV cameras – one of the largest amounts of any city in the world. By comparison, Paris has 326.
– Homicides are the lowest they have been for 40 years, with 106 in 2012-13.
– There was a total of 1,938 gun crimes in 2012/13, a decrease of 16% on the previous year.
– The last year also saw a total of 92,225 burglaries committed.
By way of comparison, in Edinburgh, statistics unveiled by the Capitol police map:
– A total of 36,202 crimes were recorded in the last year, a decrease of over 2,000 from the previous year.
– Burglaries and housebreakings have dropped by nine per cent.
– The city centre saw a total of 106 assaults, an increase of six per cent on the previous year.
So does this tell us whether it is safer to live in London, or Edinburgh?
Looking at these statistics in isolation would suggest that Edinburgh is the clear winner in terms of safety. However, it’s not always enough to concentrate solely on crime facts.
London is, of course, significantly larger than Edinburgh so inevitably has higher numbers. Both cities have places that ought to be avoided. Both also have busy transport networks and see a significant number of traffic accidents.
Personal injury claims can also arise from accidents in public. A slip or trip shouldn’t necessarily be shrugged off as personal clumsiness. Local authorities are responsible for the upkeep of streets, pathways, etc and you may well be due some accident compensation if they are poorly maintained.
Accident advice helpline are experienced in work injury claims, road and public accidents and they can help you with your claim.
Date Published: November 8, 2013
Author: David Brown