London crime mapped: Most dangerous boroughs in 2020

The Met Police has revealed how many crimes were committed in each London borough in 2020.

The force revealed that beteween January and December 2020 there were 790,123 crimes reported.

In 2019 the total crime figure stood at 921,211.

In 2020 violence was the most prevalent crime with 220,265 reports recorded by police and second was theft with 173,491 crimes.

In 2019 theft was the highest with 253,469 crimes registered and 222,048 instances for violence against a person.

Mapped: The crimes committed in each London borough in 2020

Crime numbers in each borough:

Westminster saw the highest numbers if crime in 2020 with 48,635 instances recorded by police, second highest was Croydon (33,266 crimes) and third was Newham (33,233).

When the population of a borough is considered the borough with the highest rate of crime per person remains Westminster with 192.8 crimes for every 1,000 people, second highest is Kensington and Chelsea ((112.7 per 1,000 people) and third Camden (117 per 1,000 people).

The number of killings in London exceeded 100 for a sixth consecutive year in 2020.

Ninety-nine of those murder and manslaughter investigations have been launched by the Met, while British Transport Police has recorded two.

Data found there had been 55 fatal stabbings.

Other findings show 12 teenagers have been killed – all of them male – while six homicide victims were children aged 10 and under.

The data also showed 18 people were killed while the capital was put into lockdown as part of drastic measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Havering is the only London borough which has not seen a murder investigation launched in 2020.

Sophie Linden, London’s deputy mayor for policing and crime, said the milestone brought “deep sadness and deep regret”.

She said: “It is always sad that we have lost so many people in the last six years, and we have to remember that there are people and families behind these statistics.

“The difference in murders really shows the complexity, and ranges from young children to teenagers to violence on the street and women being killed in their own home.”

Additionally during the lockdown period City Hall said there was a 25 per cent increase in calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline as well as a rise in domestic abuse-related incidents in the capital.

Latest figures show that more than 440 people, mainly women, have been referred to an emergency programme to support individuals fleeing domestic violence and abuse.

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