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Camden had 140 criminal damage offences last month, fewer than this time last year but higher rate than London as a whole.

Criminal damage offences in Camden

There were 140 criminal damage offences recorded by the police in Camden in May 2013 – 13% fewer crimes 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 criminal damage offences 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 crimes than would be expected if crimes happened at the same rate everywhere in London. This map shows the hotspots for criminal damage offences in Camden in May.

    In general, the rate of criminal damage offences in Camden in May was similar to London as a whole. Two neighbourhoods had a much lower rate of crimes than London as a whole.

    See a table of neighbourhood crime counts and rates

    Criminal damage offences in Camden, May 2013
    Neighbourhood criminal damage offences rate per 1,000 population compared to London average
    Camden total 140 0.6 similar
    London total 4,787 0.6
    Belsize 9 0.7 similar
    Bloomsbury 11 1.0 higher
    Camden Town with Primrose Hill 10 0.8 similar
    Cantelowes 7 0.6 similar
    Fortune Green 5 0.4 similar
    Frognal and Fitzjohns 2 0.2 much lower
    Gospel Oak 6 0.5 similar
    Hampstead Town 5 0.4 similar
    Haverstock 9 0.7 similar
    Highgate 11 1.0 higher
    Holborn and Covent Garden 14 1.1 higher
    Kentish Town 12 0.9 higher
    Kilburn 7 0.6 similar
    King's Cross 7 0.6 similar
    Regent's Park 6 0.4 similar
    St Pancras and Somers Town 10 0.7 similar
    Swiss Cottage 6 0.5 similar
    West Hampstead 3 0.3 much lower

    For comparison, the highest rate of criminal damage offences in London last month was 2.5 per 1,000 people living in the neighbourhood. The average neighbourhood had seven crimes, but one neighbourhood had 37 crimes.

    How does Camden compare to other boroughs?

    The rate of criminal damage offences in Camden over the past 12 months has been higher than the average for London: for two of those months, Camden had a higher rate of criminal damage offences than any other borough. Last month, the rate of these crimes in this borough was about one times that of the borough with the lowest rate.

      Should I worry about criminal damage offences 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 criminal damage offences.
      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 criminal damage offences 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.