Islington crime clean up rates

Islington clean up ratesIt's always hard to work out what is going on with crime locally.  This data from the Mayors London Data Store shows the crime clean up rates for Islington.  I haven't had a chance to do much analyis nor to compare with other London boroughs but it does show a steadily increasing clean up rate for most crime types.  Apologies that the chart isn't the most clear – was in a hurry – click to make it bigger.  The raw data is here as percentages

Offence 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09
All Notifiable Offences 16 14 12 15 21 18 20 25 28
Violence Against the Person 42 36 19 27 47 30 34 37 39
sexual offences 30 31 32 52 52 35 29 29 32
robbery 11 10 13 22 28 23 20 20 16
burglary 14 12 20 19 18 21 26 25 16
theft and handling 8 6 6 6 7 8 8 9 11
fraud and forgery 8 7 5 15 14 10 10 27 16
criminal damage 11 9 6 8 13 9 11 12 14
drugs 83 80 80 89 93 96 95 91 91
other notifiable offences 57 47 35 56 68 57 69 83 74

This is extracted from original data found at this link.  The link also has definitions of what used to be known as the clean up rate.  Will do some more work on this so that we have a decent london wide comaprison for the next safer neighbourhood panel meeting.


The table below compares the Islington Borough Police clean up rate to the Met Police overall average by subtracting the the Met clean up rate from the Islington rate.  The number in the table is the number of percentage points Islington is higher than the Met.  A negative number shows Islington is lower than the Met average rate.  The table is colour coded – Green shows Islington doing better than the Met, Red Islignton is doing worse than the Met average (if you can't see the full width of the table make your browser window wider).

It's hard to draw overall conclusions from this sort of data but Islington was slightly underperfoming the Met average in 2000-2001 and has steadily improved relative to the met over eight years to slightly outperforming the Met average.  Data on criminal damage, where Islington is shown as doing much better than the Met average is balanced against the fact that the clean up rate for this is very low.

Have asked the police for a comment.  Again when i get this sort of data I really  miss the late Phil Jeffries, who would have done a proper job on it.

UPDATE 12 August

We now have a quote from the police in response to this piece:

DI Trevor Borely said: "Tackling burglary and robbery is currently a high priority for Islington Police and the whole of the Metropolitan Police Service, and we are committed to reducing the number of offences. We have established dedicated burglary and crime squads, targeted suspected offenders, and had some recent success in this as some prolific burglars have been sentenced which does make a real difference."

"Our Safer Neighbourhoods teams also do a lot of work with local communities to establish their priorities and give them crime prevention advice. Further information on this, can be found by visiting the MPS website and looking at the Bumblebee pages, or by contacting the local police."

Islington Police vs Met average 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09
All Notifiable Offences 1 0 -2 0 0 0 -1 0 2
Violence Against the Person 14 10 -6 0 4 5 4 2 2
sexual offences -1 -1 -1 18 18 7 2 1 1
robbery -1 -1 0 9 12 10 6 4 -1
burglary 3 2 7 8 5 6 10 12 4
theft and handling -2 -3 -3 -2 -3 -2 -3 -2 -2
fraud and forgery -2 -2 -5 2 2 -3 -5 7 1
criminal damage 9 8 8 9 13 10 12 13 13
drugs -6 -4 -2 2 -4 3 2 -5 -3
other notifiable offences 11 4 -9 7 7 6 9 18 11

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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2 Responses to Islington crime clean up rates

  1. I have requested similar from Camden

  2. Paul Mcbride says:

    I live in Bishops close a Peabody estate off Junction road N19,and am constantly since the 5 years Ive lived there been woken up by idiotic yobs who use the stairwell outside my front door and bedroom window to party 24/7,mainly in the early hours of the morning,thus I now have to sleep in the hallway,to get any sleep at all.Most mornings I have to walk through puddles of spit,vomit,cans, bottles,and drug parafinalia,or step around yobs.Its pointless phoning the Police as they either never turn up,or if they do its hours to late.I have never in 5 years seen a Police officer or a community support officer walk through the estate.They seem to just slowly walk up and down Junction road,very occasionaly.If they took Policing sereously they could have a field day arresting the scum on my estate for drugs that they openly smoke and deal,knives you name it,but thats to easy isnt it?Another thing blighting everyones lives is the scumbags who let their dogs shit all over the pavement,the same scum that come onto our estate,enemployed or more correctly unemployable dickheads that do what they like as they no no police will ever turn up to arrest them.Nobody gets done for bike riding on the pavements either, seems you can do what you like in London without fear of arrest.Perhaps the police should swap jobs with traffic wardens as there is always plenty of them around when you dont want one.God knows what the place will be like in 20 years,most estates are mini prisons as it is with bars on all the windows and security gates,youll need to live in a bunker by then.

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