London is by and large a relatively safe city. For a major world city, London has a comparably low crime rate and statistics published by the Met show that violent crime is on the wane in London. This is due in part to the stellar work of the police services who ensure the safety of residents and tourists in London. However, although the rate of crime in London is comparatively low, crime does still occur and some areas have higher reported levels of crime than others which means there are some unsafe areas to walk around in London.
London’s most dangerous boroughs
Below is a list of statistically the most dangerous boroughs in London, which also doubles as a handy guide on some of the areas it may be best to avoid when walking around at night.
- Westminster – Westminster has not only the highest proportion of crime in London but also the highest in the country. However Westminster is a major tourist and commuter area. It follows logically that the presence of a larger number of people equals in an increase in the rate of crime.
- Islington – Islington has the second highest rate of crime behind Westminster and struggles particularly with violent crime.
- Hackney – Hackney is an area that is currently undergoing somewhat of a transformation. The uptake in investment in the area means that this trendy district is at odds with its reputation for having a high rate of crime.
How to stay safe when walking around in London at night
Like in any major city, it’s important to keep alert for suspicious activity when walking around in London at night. Keep any valuables you may have in the inside pocket of your jacket to make them less accessible to pickpockets. Report anything suspicious you see to the police. Perhaps a more modern way of keeping safe in London is to avail of the use of the many apps available for your smartphone which can, among other things, alert your friends to your last known position when walking home.
If you’ve had an accident in London and someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659 for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly and able advisors. All claims are made on a no win no fee basis and the majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to suffer the additional trauma of reliving an accident in court.
Source: Metropolitan Police