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Camden had 341 violent crimes last month, fewer than this time last year but higher rate than London as a whole.

Violent crimes in Camden

There were 341 violent crimes recorded by the police in Camden in May 2013 – 7% 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 violent 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 violent crimes in Camden in May.

    In general, the rate of violent crimes in Camden in May was similar to London as a whole, but Camden Town with Primrose Hill 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. Two neighbourhoods had a much lower rate of crimes than London as a whole.

    See a table of neighbourhood crime counts and rates

    Violent crimes in Camden, May 2013
    Neighbourhood violent crimes rate per 1,000 population compared to London average
    Camden total 341 1.6 similar
    London total 10,871 1.3
    Belsize 9 0.7 lower
    Bloomsbury 15 1.4 similar
    Camden Town with Primrose Hill 41 3.3 much higher
    Cantelowes 15 1.3 similar
    Fortune Green 6 0.5 much lower
    Frognal and Fitzjohns 4 0.3 much lower
    Gospel Oak 19 1.7 similar
    Hampstead Town 13 1.2 similar
    Haverstock 16 1.3 similar
    Highgate 13 1.2 similar
    Holborn and Covent Garden 35 2.7 much higher
    Kentish Town 18 1.3 similar
    Kilburn 25 2.1 higher
    King's Cross 18 1.5 similar
    Regent's Park 34 2.5 higher
    St Pancras and Somers Town 32 2.3 higher
    Swiss Cottage 11 0.9 lower
    West Hampstead 17 1.4 similar

    For comparison, the highest rate of violent crimes in London last month was 4.4 per 1,000 people living in the neighbourhood. The average neighbourhood had 16 crimes, but one neighbourhood had 70 crimes.

    How does Camden compare to other boroughs?

    The rate of violent crimes in Camden over the past 12 months has been higher than the average for London, but five out of 31 other boroughs had a higher rate than Camden did. Last month, the rate of these crimes in this borough was about twice that of the borough with the lowest rate.

      Should I worry about violent 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 violent 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 violent crimes 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.