Local Crime Rates in London
If you live in Islington, N19, you may remember that a couple of years ago, Islington Crime Rate soared. There was a spate of burglaries that coincided with a spell of hot weather. Detective Chief Inspector Hutcheson said at the time that in most cases, the thieves gained entry through open windows.
Bearing in mind that we’re having such a glorious summer (for a change!), it’s worth reminding ourselves that thieves will be waiting to take advantage if you’ve gone to bed and not secured your house which will increase local crime rates in London. Another common trick is for thieves to listen out for people barbequing in the back garden on a warm summer’s afternoon, and then sneak in via an unlocked front door to help themselves.
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Don’t make it easy for burglars! Although residential burglary in Islington, N19 has gone down by almost 20%, we all still need to be vigilant.
There were 214 burglaries recorded in Islington in May 2013 and 119 sq Km in the first 9 months of 2014. Again, a number of these were opportunist burglaries targeting high value items left on display and within easy reach of windows and doors. the high density of housing, offices and tower blocks as well as higher than average levels of poverty are all thought to contribute to the situation.
Police also regularly deal with car keys being stolen from just inside the door of the house… very handily placed for stealing the family car on the drive outside.
In Islington, N19 the number of crimes is average for the London boroughs. But there are still around two distraction burglaries reported every week; two more than we really need. A distraction burglary is when a burglar will tell you a very believable story to get into your home. They might say that they are from the Water Board or the Council, or pretend that they are gas or electricity workers or the police. You’re more likely to be a target if you are elderly or living alone. Remember: when you answer the door, put the door bar or chain on, in case someone tries to pressure you into opening the door. If you don’t have this level of security, go along to a good locksmith’s for advice on which type of chain or bar would be best for you. Spending money on security measures can seem daunting but it is a good investment and can add value to your property.
Whatever you do, don’t be fooled by official-looking overalls or identity cards. Check a person’s details before letting them in. Look up the number of their company in the phone book or on a recent bill – don’t just check it on the card they have given you. If they are genuine, they won’t mind you doing this. After all you are just being cautious to avoid increasing local crime rates in London. You could even keep the numbers of your utility companies handy. Tell the caller to wait while you call the company to check their story. By doing this, you are helping decrease the Islington crime rate.
Don’t be embarrassed about doing this; they won’t mind! If you require a locksmith in the Islington area follow the link.