Violent crime rise bucks Lewisham's downward crime trend

Crime in Lewisham in 2014. Left: All. Right: Violence Against the Person
Total recorded crime in Lewisham fell by nearly 10% during 2014 compared with 2013, although within that total, crimes involving Violence Against the Person rose by nearly 10%.

Figures from the Met Police show the annual crime count for the borough fell from 24,733 to 22,313, while violent crime rose from 5,765 to 6,324. This included a sharp jump in the most serious violent crimes, which more than doubled from 325 to 739.

This pattern was mirrored in Brockley ward, which enjoyed a 13% drop in total recorded crime, but a 21% increase in violent crime. Of the wards covered by the Brockley area, Ladywell saw a fall of total recorded crime from 997 to 843 (violent crime up 220 to 238), Telegraph Hill fell from 1154 to 989 (240 to 248) and Crofton Park fell from 1003 to 858 (down from 219 to 206).

Crime in Lewisham has been falling for years, in line with the overall trend for the capital. The rise in violent crime, which is partly affected by the way figures are recorded, is a worrying reversal of recent improvements.

Lewisham is ranked "average" in terms of its overall crime rate, relative to the rest of London.

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11 comments:

max doom! said...

no mention of heavy sack beatings?

Brockley Nick said...

They're up a shocking 900%!

max doom! said...

we're here, we're clear... etc

Gu Est said...

The OKR carjacking of six days ago may suggests the south east is getting close to Brazilian favelas

Brockley Nick said...

It doesn't though, does it. It suggests there are gang problems in London, as ever.

anon said...

Apart from http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/11469878.Brockley_man_who_repeatedly_raped_female_hostage_jailed_for_14_years/
finger on the pulse hey Nick ;)

Brockley Nick said...

Call me a stickler for facts, but that was a crime involving a man from Brockley, not a crime that took place in Brockley. Finger on the details hey anon ;)

JJJ said...

Not only Lewisham, but the entire of London has seen violent crime increasing.

anon said...

I'm a stickler for the facts, please support your claim 'not a crime that took place in Brockley'

anon said...

Actually don't, I don't think it's appropriate to discuss this anymore. I'll just find some of your comments past and present too blasé at times.

Brockley Nick said...

Then I don't think you understood my point, which was the fact that despite the absence of such headlines, it would be wrong to assume that violent crime was a thing of the past. That is the opposite of blase.

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