Lewisham: 'Least peaceful local authority'

Global think tank, the Institute for Economics and Peace, has released a report today, which finds that Lewisham is the 'least peaceful' part of the country.

The study defines peace as "the absence of violence or the absence of fear of violence" and is based on Home Office crime data (murders, violent crime, weapons crime and violent disorder) and police numbers from the last 10 years. Lewisham Central ward in particular was identified as an historic crime hotspot, which helped to secure the borough last place in the rankings (the bottom five are all London boroughs).

Overall, the fall in violent crime in the UK has led to the UK becoming a more peaceful place, according to the report.

Here's what the report says about our home:

In Lewisham the conception rate amongst under-18 year olds is 70.6, which is 1.8 times the national average of 39 births per 1,000.

Over 60% of households are deprived in housing, education, health and / or employment. Lewisham’s homicide rate is more than twice the national average at 2.5, with the 2011 period being the worst year for homicides over the last decade with 11 homicides recorded.

The homicide rate in Lewisham has fluctuated from year to year averaging seven homicides per year while the national trend has seen a sustained decline in both the number and rate of homicides. Weapons crime saw a large increase from 2003 to 2005 and has since declined although it still remains above the national average of 39 weapons crimes per 100,000 in 2012. It is important to note that the average over the last decade was more than double that of the national average.

Similarly, the violent crime rate has also followed the same pattern as weapons crime: a large increase from 2002 to 2005 and then a steady decline. Despite decreases in both weapons crime and violent crime over the recent years, the number of incidents still remains well above the national trends meaning that Lewisham receives the worst possible score of 5 for these indicators in the UKPI.

The public disorder rate rose to a staggering 1,126 incidents per 100,000 people peaking in 2009, which was more than three times the 10 year national average, before sharply declining through to 2012. Most of the crime in Lewisham occurred in the ward of Lewisham Central.

Full disclosure: BC's employers, Edelman, helped to launch the first Global Peace Index, produced by this organisation. And this is how they repay us!

With thanks to Richard and Nigel who drew it to our attention.

23 comments:

terrencetrentderby said...

Is anyone surprised.. Most of the 'sham is a hole. I only live in the borough because its cheap and close to town.

AliAliAfro said...

So weird as it certainly doesn't feel like the least peaceful place in the UK! There is mention of lewisham central being identified as the 'crime hotspot' providing the main source of the negative stats. I wonder if there is a national breakdown by ward and where Brockley comes on that list. I'd hazard a guess that we are much more peaceful than lewisham central...
...and I'll give a chinese burn to anyone who says otherwise ;-)

Michael said...

Tom Dyckhoff's 'Let's Move To... Lewisham Central' does not yet exist, does it. Coincidentally, for sure.

local said...

isn't it because Lewisham Police station is used as the address for criminals brought there?

Mike Harris said...

It's a crime hotspot because of the High Street and the high level of shoplifting which is still proving problematic and the significant amount of anti-social behaviour on the High Street as young people leave school and change buses in Lewisham Central.

Monkeyboy said...

you need to try harder, plenty of areas as close to town and cheaper.

Clare said...

It's no worse than most if not all inner London boroughs. League tables like this are drivel.

terrencetrentderby said...

Cheaper and as close to town as New Cross?

There's Peckham but that's even more of a dump.

Nikolle Lesi said...

I am not surprised at all. Lewisham is not only the least peaceful area but also the most filthy area in the world. People spit and throw sh*t all over the place.

Anonymous said...

There must be some demographic factor which explains Lewisham's high rate of violent crime and teenage pregnancy.

I just can't think what it is.

Lies, damn lies and statistics said...

I would question the basis under which these figures are collected. I am wondering if insurance claims for school kids nicking each other phones (or simply claiming that they have been stolen) when they change buses in Lewisham is skewing these figures. Also my experience of trying to report crime to the Lewisham police station call centre has been less than impressive. They seem to be under instructions to keep the figures down. I really would not trust their record keeping or any stats coming out of the Home Office. Better to survey the public directly in a well funded comprehensive study. But even the British Crime Survey is full of holes in the way it is conducted. Crime in the UK is a political hot potato, there is little incentive to get the numbers right.


That Lewisham borough is poor and there is significant social deprivation js quite clear. But my own feeling is that crime has gone down as the Internet has become more popular. Less streetcrime, more internet nuisances. Whether that is progress is another matter.

Monkeyboy said...

You often appear full of resentment at the hand you've been dealt. Poor old you, must be rough having to accept your position. Personally I like livin here despite having been broken into last week. Stop whining (or trolling)

terrencetrentderby said...

Bravo boy!

straightinatnumberone said...

the problem is, you could give me a chinese burn but the police won't charge you with

Mickey mouse said...

Some nutter was going mental down ladywell earlier, made me think there may be some truth to this article

NAT said...

Wonder if Andy Coulson counts as one of ours?

Ez said...

The UKPI score is for violent crime, not general crime, so comments about nicking phones and shoplifiting are not generally relevant. Actually, Lewisham scores much the same as several other inner London boroughs and its homicide rate is lower than some. Nothing much to see here, people, move on.

Hello cheeky said...

Yes,I am very surprised. I have lived and worked in this borough for 50 years. I have never been a crime victim and neither have any members of my family. I have worked 15 years at Lewisham College ( now known as lesoco) which The Independent describes as 'extremely urban' ie. don't send your nice children here. I never feel unsafe there and have never witnessed any criminality or felt unsafe.

But, I am a middle aged,white,middle class woman so of course I am safe. Crime victims tend NOT to be people like me,whatever the Daily Mail might have you believe.

straightinatnumberone said...

bloody alleged criminals coming in from Chelsea skewing out crime stats

Lorna Villiers-Jones said...

So I've been waiting for everyone to calm down on this one and yes, by and large, there seem to be valid arguments to both sides. However, it is Lewisham, it is rough. Yes, there are little areas of calm such as Brockley, which are lovely, But let us not forget that in lovely Brockley there was a murder in Howson Road 2 years ago, an arms cache in Whitbread Road (yes, I came home when living there to find the armed response unit crouching in my garden), numerous stabbings, breakins and various other petty crimes. Do I feel safe living in Lewisham? In the most part, yes - but Lewisham Town Centre is a world apart from Brockley Road.

I wouldn't live anywhere else - even when I had to sell my house, I moved to the closest place that I could afford to rent, Ladywell and yes, there is still crime there.

Lewisham, like many other inner London areas is a high crime area. The police are doing an amazing job, but they have got a long way to go, especially dealing with the prevailance of gangs and knife crime. Don't gloss over the stats, don't pretend it's something it's not. It's just Lewisham - a great place to live but with some rough bits.

And yes, I also work in Lewisham at LeSoCo, the former Lewisham College with some amazing students. I'm under no illusion tho, it's a real mix. But a good mix and a place where people can learn in a safe and secure environment.

sham69 said...

If Lewisham is such a hot bed of crime and the births exceed the national average, then these stats add more weight to the argument that Lewisham needs fully functioning A&E and maternity departments, not downgraded ones.

Monkeyboy said...

a well needed pinch of salt http://clogsilk.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/lewisham-is-uks-least-peaceful-place.html?spref=tw

Naomi Madeleine said...

if Lewisham is the least peaceful place in the UK it surprises me that they would decide to close all the youth clubs in the area...

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