The news is not good for Lambeth residents.
Looking at the crime statistics for the past 12 months, it’s clear that the number of robberies in the borough is more than twice the average for London. In fact, for two of those months, Lambeth’s robbery rate was higher than any other borough. In April 2013, the number of robberies in Lambeth was about 16 times that of the borough with the lowest rate.
The police, council, voluntary agencies and local communities are all working together to tackle this problem, but robbery rates remains high and finding ways to bring about a reduction in such crimes is costly.
It’s not for lack of effort from partners, though.
Initiatives such as the Safer Lambeth Partnership Plan address the social, environmental and economic problems that the borough faces. The Partnership Information Unit helps the police make decisions about where their resources should be directed and there has been a £1.1m upgrade in CCTV cameras around the borough. Councillor Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, said that when they started the campaign the total number of crimes (encompassing a wide range of offences, including antisocial behaviour) was falling.
“We know that safety is Lambeth resident’s number one concern so we were determined to maintain that downward trend,” he said.
But between May 2012 and 2013 in Lambeth, business robbery went up 9%, domestic crime rose 7.3% and non-residential burglary went up 15%.
If you live in Kennington, SE11, Lambeth, SE1, Norwood, SE19, South Norwood, SE25, Waterloo, SE1 or West Norwood, SE27 visit our Locksmiths in South East LONDON page. And it’s up to us as individuals to minimise the chances of being burgled in the first place. If you haven’t already done so, take the time to look at your home or office security, to make sure you’re doing all you can to ensure that you’re not an easy target. There are over 200 burglaries a month on average in Lambeth and burglars are going to be on the lookout for properties that are easy to access. Investing the time and funds to upgrade your security is well worth the effort. At the very least, fit locks to your windows, as three out of ten burglars get in through open back windows. You could also work towards growing prickly shrubs under your windows – burglars are basically lazy and will choose the houses with the easiest access. You could also buy a good, strong padlock for your side gate or your ladders, to ensure that burglars don’t have easy access to your property. And cheapest of all, make sure that your valuables aren’t left on display, that you lock up properly when you’re out or asleep and that you don’t leave a spare key under a flowerpot!
Don’t let these figures worry you too much: statistically, you’re only likely to be burgled once every fifty years. Talk to your locksmith, take his advice and you’re less likely to become a victim of crime.