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.
|Neighbourhood||violent crimes||rate per 1,000 population||compared to London average|
|Camden Town with Primrose Hill||41||3.3||much higher|
|Fortune Green||6||0.5||much lower|
|Frognal and Fitzjohns||4||0.3||much lower|
|Holborn and Covent Garden||35||2.7||much higher|
|St Pancras and Somers Town||32||2.3||higher|
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:
- the chance of becoming a victim of crime is low – there were no violent crimes in Camden last month, and
- most crimes are minor – less-serious violent crimes are usually much more common than more-serious ones.
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
- Find out how to protect yourself from violent crimes.
- Get in touch with the police safer neighbourhoods team responsible for policing your neighbourhood.
- Report local problems like graffiti, fly tipping or broken street-lights.
- Pass information anonymously to the police via Crimestoppers.
- Join your local neighbourhood watch group.
- 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:
not all crimes are reported to the police
The Home Office estimates that about 40% of violent crimes in England and Wales are reported to the police. This is about the same as the reporting rate for other types of crime. If that pattern was repeated in this borough, there would have been about 490 unreported violent crimes here in May.
some crimes might be recorded as other crimes instead
For example, if a person breaks into house and uses violence to steal property, this might be recorded as a robbery rather than a burglary.
some reported crimes might not actually have happened
There are generally two ways that this can happen. The first is when a person deliberately reports a crime that they know hasn't happened, for example to make a false insurance claim. The second is when a person reports a crime they believe has happened but later new information shows that no crime occurred, for example if a person finds some property that they had reported stolen.
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.