Crime in London - Statistics & Facts

Published by Daniel Clark, Dec 4, 2018
In early 2018, the city of London was frequently in the headlines of the British press due to a noticeable surge in violent crime. During the first three months of 2018, there were 45 murders recorded by the Metropolitan Police, compared with 23 a year earlier. In 2017/18 the number of murders reached 153. By contrast, from 2011/12 to 2016/17 there were never more than 103 murders per year in London. In 2012/13 violent crime in London amounted to 150,168 offences, but year-on-year increases resulted in 250,287 violent offences by 2017/18. From 2015/16 to 2017/18, the number of knife crimes increased from 9,745 to 14,769. By almost any measure, violent crime in London has gotten worse.

The latest rise in crime is not unique to London, however. Across England and Wales there has been a recent uptick in overall crime following years of decline. This includes homicides, with 723 recorded in 2016/17 compared to 574 in the previous year. With a rate of 93.6 crimes per 1,000 people, London's crime rate was actually lower than in North East England, North West England and Yorkshire in 2017/18. Once it is put in perspective, it is clear that London’s recent surge in violent crime has not occurred in isolation from the rest of England.

One of the main factors both the police and the press attribute the increasing crime figures to is the decline in the number of police officers across England and Wales. London is no different in this regard, the Metropolitan Police overall has 2,000 fewer officers than it had in 2010. At the same time, the police in general have been expected to operate with far less money than they had previously. In 2013/14 the budget for the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime in London (MOPAC) shrunk by 300 million British pounds compared to the previous year. Controversial prevention methods such as stop and search have also decreased in no small part due to the perception that people are targeted unfairly based on their ethnic appearance.

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