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Camden had 835 anti‑social behaviour incidents last month, fewer than this time last year but higher rate than London as a whole.

Anti‑social behaviour incidents in Camden

There were 835 anti‑social behaviour incidents recorded by the police in Camden in May 2013 – 17% more incidents than in the previous month. This is fewer than in the same month last year but about the same as the average for this borough over the past 12 months.

    Where do anti‑social behaviour incidents happen in Camden?

    To protect the privacy of victims of crime, the Home Office does not release information about exactly where crimes happen. However, it does release enough information that we can determine approximate hotspots for different types of crime.

    Hotspots are areas where there were significantly more incidents than would be expected if crimes happened at the same rate everywhere in London. This map shows the hotspots for anti‑social behaviour incidents in Camden in May.

    In general, the rate of anti‑social behaviour incidents in Camden in May was similar to London as a whole, but Bloomsbury and Holborn and Covent Garden wards had much higher rates than the average for London, while another three neighbourhoods had rates significantly higher than the London average. Three neighbourhoods had a much lower rate of incidents than London as a whole.

    See a table of neighbourhood crime counts and rates

    Anti‑social behaviour incidents in Camden, May 2013
    Neighbourhood anti‑social behaviour incidents rate per 1,000 population compared to London average
    Camden total 835 3.8 similar
    London total 24,227 3.0
    Belsize 15 1.2 much lower
    Bloomsbury 77 7.1 much higher
    Camden Town with Primrose Hill 63 5.0 higher
    Cantelowes 43 3.6 similar
    Fortune Green 42 3.6 similar
    Frognal and Fitzjohns 11 0.9 much lower
    Gospel Oak 30 2.7 similar
    Hampstead Town 18 1.6 lower
    Haverstock 40 3.2 similar
    Highgate 37 3.4 similar
    Holborn and Covent Garden 128 9.8 much higher
    Kentish Town 44 3.3 similar
    Kilburn 61 5.1 higher
    King's Cross 55 4.6 higher
    Regent's Park 60 4.4 similar
    St Pancras and Somers Town 61 4.4 similar
    Swiss Cottage 17 1.3 much lower
    West Hampstead 33 2.7 similar

    For comparison, the highest rate of anti‑social behaviour incidents in London last month was about 11 per 1,000 people living in the neighbourhood. The average neighbourhood had 34 incidents, but one neighbourhood had 172 incidents.

    How does Camden compare to other boroughs?

    The rate of anti‑social behaviour incidents in Camden over the past 12 months has been higher than the average for London – only two out of 31 other boroughs had a higher rate than Camden did. Last month, the rate of these incidents in this borough was about twice that of the borough with the lowest rate.

      Should I worry about anti‑social behaviour incidents in Camden?

      Many people worry about becoming a victim of crime. It's important to remember that:

      Since 1995, the number of crimes in England and Wales has almost halved1. However, if you are worried about crime in this area, there are lots of things you can do to protect yourself.

      Six ways to help keep your neighbourhood safe

      1. Find out how to protect yourself from anti‑social behaviour incidents.
      2. Get in touch with the police safer neighbourhoods team responsible for policing your neighbourhood.
      3. Report local problems like graffiti, fly tipping or broken street-lights.
      4. Pass information anonymously to the police via Crimestoppers.
      5. Join your local neighbourhood watch group.
      6. Ask your local MP, London Assembly member or borough councillor what they are doing to fight crime.


      The information on this page is based on official police records of crime, which is the best available information for estimating local crime trends. However, the figures on this page might not be a complete picture of anti‑social behaviour incidents in this borough because:

      The crime rates on this page are calculated based on the number of people living in the neighbourhood. In general, crime rates are a good way to compare neighbourhoods, but they are not completely accurate because there is no way to know exactly how many people are in each neighbourhood.

      1 figures from the Crime Survey of England and Wales.