Knife crime in Lewisham

The other day, we set out our policy on reporting crime, arguing that crime statistics were one of the useful things we could report. So, reader Rob called our bluff - you like crime statistics, do you? Well here's a wodge of data about stabbings across London to wade through.

The data he sent us was a table of ambulance call outs in London for knife injuries over the last two years (Jan 08 - Dec 09) and broken down on a ward-by-ward basis.

As Rob pointed out, Lewisham's stats are relatively high, compared to many other boroughs (although inner London boroughs suffer a higher average rate than outer London boroughs). In Lewisham's case, the problem is particularly acute in the north of the borough, in wards like Evelyn, Lewisham Central and New Cross, which is in the top 10 wards in London, with 29 incidents over the two year period measured.

Telegraph Hill and Brockley fare better, but are still 53rd (16 incidents) and 72nd (14 incidents) out of 649 wards, respectively.

Downham (11 incidents), Sydenham and Whitefoot (both 10), Ladywell (9), Bellingham, Forest Hill, Grove Park, Perry Vale, Rushey Green (all 8), Crofton Park (7) and Blackheath (6) all perform relatively well for inner London, while Lewisham's best performing wards are Catford South and Lee Green (4 each).

Thanks to Rob for sending the data. Sort of.

22 comments:

Nylon said...

I find these stateassuring. before I moved to London I thought people were getting guns whipped on them every other day, but a small number of incidents over 2 years makes me feel safer.

Rob Blackie said...

Hopefully by stimulating debate on the issues the statistics will help also identify solutions.

The problem at the moment is often that only highly engaged people (e.g. police / councillors) know these figures or even ever get to see them - so members of the public with useful insights and intelligence are ignored.

Anonymous said...

It's worth noting that these statistics (originally published at http://data.london.gov.uk/datastore/package/ambulance-call-outs-assaults-knife-injuries) don't appear to distinguish between street knife injuries and in-home injuries (which could include domestic violence incidents and suicide attempts, amongst other things). This is an important distinction - and sadly the statistics probably reflect domestic violence incidence as much as street knife crime.

Anonymous said...

As an aside, I'm more concerned about the jump in gun assault incidents in the last 12 months: http://data.london.gov.uk/datastore/package/ambulance-call-outs-assaults-gun-injuries

Rob Blackie said...

That's an interesting point on the in-home injuries - I wonder how much of this is domestic violence?

Would suicide count? I assumed that it wouldn't - but that's interesting if it does.

Anonymous said...

I found it interesting to note that St.James' in Westminster, where I work and which feels really safe to me, (asside from pickpockets targetting tourists) is right up in the top 3 worst places in this table.

Anonymous said...

For some reason May 2008 is way above the norm for incidents in Lewisham (20) compared with the previous month (4).

In 2008 Evelyn Ward had almost 3 times as many incidents (14) than Brockley (5).

In 2009 the number of incidents in Evevlyn Ward had halved (7) whereas in Brockley the figure had almost doubled (9).

Anonymous said...

Chelsea lost the European Cup in may 2008. That's my theory....

Tressilliana said...

Anon from St James, there are lots of restaurants, clubs and hotels round there - maybe the knife incidents there include lots of chopping mishaps?

love detective said...

so on average you're more than twice as likely to get stabbed in brockley than catford - i hope these startling figures don't have an adverse effect on house prices

love detective said...

or affect even?

Anonymous said...

@love detective
I think what this statistic demonstrates is that Catford is so rough, no-one bothers reporting stabbings anymore because it's commonplace now!

love detective said...

that assertion is clearly not borne out by the facts anonoymous

and we all know that we can prove anything with facts (and dialectics)

Monkeyboy said...

I cut my thumb in 2008 while chopping a zuchini I was going to sweat it in olive oil add a dash of creme and stir it through some pasta. Trip to a&e sorted it..... Does this count?

love detective said...

depends, did you travel by ambulance?

Mb said...

I drove, with my thumb wrapped kitchen towel and masking tape. They sent me home with a plaster, slightly humiliating I have to say.

Mb said...

I drove, with my thumb wrapped kitchen towel and masking tape. They sent me home with a plaster, slightly humiliating I have to say.

Tamsin said...

Probably does count in the stats - like my husband's encounter with a carving knife when dealing with our post-christmas turkey a few years back. His sister took him to A&E while I stayed behind and entertained my mother-in-law...

Mb said...

Husband, carving knife, mother in law. There's a joke there samir

love detective said...

The data he sent us was a table of ambulance call outs

Anonymous said...

Just ambulance callouts? I wonder if they actually found anyone with a knife injury in each case.

I remomber one Saturday night in Catford being (nearly) struck by the propensity of the local yoof to throw bottles at each other. I wonder what statistic that falls into.

I can see this being a seasonal thing. Around May/June the kids who are not likely to take exams spend their time practicing for their criminal careers and demanding respect from their rivals.

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