Yesterday the Home Office released street-level mapping of crime reports (the system was immediately so popular that the site was inaccessible for most of the day). A quick comparison of our old post code in East London and our new one in Oxford gives a vivid picture of the difference in crime rates:
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="324" caption="East London"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="304" caption="East Oxford"][/caption]
Even more interesting than the order of magnitude difference in total reported crimes (which is of course partly due to the increased population density) is the classification of types of crime. Near us in Oxford, nearly half of the reported crimes were "other crimes", such as shoplifting, criminal damage and drug offenses. Near our old address in London, more than three quarters of the reported crimes were ones that directly affect residents, such as burglary, anti-social behaviour, robbery (muggings), vehicle crime and violent crime.