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Camden had 253 vehicle crimes last month, more than this time last year and higher rate than London as a whole.

Vehicle crimes in Camden

There were 253 vehicle crimes recorded by the police in Camden in May 2013 – 4% more crimes than in the previous month. This is more than in the same month last year but about the same as the average for this borough over the past 12 months.

    Where do vehicle crimes 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 vehicle crimes in Camden in May.

    In general, the rate of vehicle crimes in Camden in May was higher than London as a whole, while Camden Town with Primrose Hill, Bloomsbury, Regent's Park, King's Cross and Holborn and Covent Garden wards had much higher rates than the average for London.

    See a table of neighbourhood crime counts and rates

    Vehicle crimes in Camden, May 2013
    Neighbourhood vehicle crimes rate per 1,000 vehicles compared to London average
    Camden total 253 5.4 higher
    London total 7,066 2.7
    Belsize 22 6.2 higher
    Bloomsbury 11 9.7 much higher
    Camden Town with Primrose Hill 23 7.7 much higher
    Cantelowes 15 6.7 higher
    Fortune Green 14 4.6 similar
    Frognal and Fitzjohns 12 2.9 similar
    Gospel Oak 8 3.4 similar
    Hampstead Town 15 3.9 similar
    Haverstock 13 5.8 higher
    Highgate 4 1.2 lower
    Holborn and Covent Garden 14 7.6 much higher
    Kentish Town 11 4.3 similar
    Kilburn 12 5.7 higher
    King's Cross 9 8.4 much higher
    Regent's Park 25 12.2 much higher
    St Pancras and Somers Town 5 2.8 similar
    Swiss Cottage 19 5.2 similar
    West Hampstead 21 7.5 higher

    For comparison, the highest rate of vehicle crimes in London last month was about 13 per 1,000 vehicles kept by residents of this neighbourhood. The average neighbourhood had ten crimes, but one neighbourhood had 47 crimes.

    How does Camden compare to other boroughs?

    The rate of vehicle crimes in Camden over the past 12 months has been higher than the average for London – only four out of 31 other boroughs had a higher rate than Camden did. Last month, the rate of these crimes in this borough was about eight times that of the borough with the lowest rate.

      Should I worry about vehicle crimes 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 vehicle crimes.
      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 vehicle crimes in this borough because:

      The crime rates on this page are calculated based on the number of vehicles kept by residents of this 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 vehicles are in each neighbourhood.

      1 figures from the Crime Survey of England and Wales.