Lewisham crime drops 6% in 2009

According to the latest figures released by the Metropolitan Police, Lewisham enjoyed a 6.1% decline in recorded crime for the year to December 2009.

However, this figure hides a dramatic increase in the number of burglaries across the borough (10.7%) and in Brockley (44.4%) and Ladywell (35%) wards. Only Catford South and Lee saw higher rises. All other specific categories of crime were down overall, including theft, criminal damage and sexual offences.

Violence against the person fell significantly in Brockley, Ladywell and Telegraph Hill wards, but rose in Crofton Park.