Do you live in Hackney, E5?
It certainly has a lot going for it.
It’s only four miles from the city centre and, of course, became a hot spot for tourists and locals alike when the 2012 action started. It once had a reputation for being downtrodden and crime-ridden, but parts of Hackney have now become trendy hotspots where everyone wants to be seen.
There are plenty of nightclubs, restaurants and comedy venues in the area, so you don’t even have to travel up to town for entertainment. The area has undergone massive regeneration in recent decades, with parts of Hackney now being considered very fashionable. There is a thriving arts scene in the south of the district and the area is also known for its wide, open green spaces.
Safety and Crime Rates
Crime has reduced in Hackney, E5 by 11% in the last five years, and by 30% in the last ten years, with 12,000 fewer victims of crime than there were ten years ago. Satisfaction with the Police and the Fire Brigade are six per cent above the London average.
However, despite these improvements, Hackney has the fourth highest crime rate in Inner London, and the fourth highest rate compared to similar local authorities.
Also on the down side, Hackney has been rated as the third least peaceful place in the country to live in, according to an international study.
Unsurprisingly, a local Hackney Councillor has taken issue with the way that Hackney is portrayed in this study, which was produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Cllr Sophie Linden said:
“Many of the successful, pro-active measures being undertaken in Hackney mean it fares worse in the survey. For example, the greater the number of police officers working in a borough, the less ‘peaceful’ it is considered to be.”
She goes on to say that residents feel safer and that “This work is ongoing and we cannot afford to take our foot off the pedal, but Hackney is a much safer place than it was 10 years ago.”
It’s true that the fall in crimes is the second largest drop of all London boroughs. And Hackney’s level of crime is average, when compared with other areas of London. But even so, there were
• 118 burglaries in June 2013,
• 52 car thefts and
• 217 thefts of items from cars;
If you live in Hackney, E5, knife crime is the crime that is most likely to concern you. But don’t let that distract you from the more mundane – but still disturbing – crimes like burglary. If you are a victim of theft, it not only damages your bank account, it can also affect your self-confidence and take up precious time and effort to sort out.
So make sure you minimise the chances of being a victim by doing all you can to deter thieves. Visit an expert locksmith to have a chat about the sort of locks you need on your doors and windows. Ask whether your locks meet the security requirements of your insurers, and take action if they’re below the required standard. And if you keep valuable items or lots of cash on your premises, talk to the experts about getting a safe installed.
Remember: there’s no point in closing the stable door after the horse has bolted!