Wandsworth is full of smart houses, cafes and bars for young professionals working in the city. You can still see that it was once a thriving community of small villages, as the borough has a number of green ‘commons’ throughout. Wealthier than the average London community, the area comprises many young and middle-age professionals and families. It also has enjoyed some of the lowest council tax rates in the country and has the lowest in the capital. So, while it’s a thriving community to live in, is it safe?
The graph below looks at the number of reported crimes from 2015 to 2016 in Wandsworth.
Theft and handling is by far the most reported crime in Wandsworth, with a total of 8,798 reported incidents from 2015 to 2016. While it’s important to note that this is the most reported crime in Wandsworth, it’s also the most reported crime within similar areas in London.
Violence against the person is Wandsworth’s second-most-reported crime, with 31% of the borough’s total crime. Burglary accounts for 10%, criminal damage accounts for 8%, and theft and handling, being the most-reported crime in the area, makes up 41% of the total crime reported in Wandsworth.
When compared with similar areas, crime rates in Wandsworth are considered average by police.uk.
The places shown in the graph are those that have been assessed and considered most similar to Wandsworth by police.uk. The chart shows the total recorded crimes for all crimes in the year ending September 2015. Within this group, Wandsworth is considered ‘average’ for total crimes reported.
Wandsworth is considered normal within this group when it comes to burglary, criminal damage and arson, possession of weapons, public order, robbery, shoplifting, theft from the person, vehicle crime, violence and sexual offences, and other crimes.
However, Wandsworth does have a better-than-average crime rate when it comes to drugs and a higher-than-average crime rate when it comes to bicycle theft and other theft, making stolen goods truly the number one crime in the area.
When compared with other areas in London, Wandsworth has an average crime rate.
This graph looks at the total crimes committed in January and February of 2016. With a total of 4,198 crimes reported during this time, Wandsworth came in 15th place out of 33, just behind Barnet and Lewisham. The worst-affected area, Westminster, has more than double the rate of crime.
Is the crime in Wandsworth getting better or worse? Below, we take a close look at the total number of crimes reported from January 2012 to December 2015 in the area.
While the crime rate in Wandsworth has been dropping over the past few years, since January 2012, the total crime rate has not changed substantially in recent years, but remains in a steady decline.
While Wandsworth has a lower-than-average crime rate for drugs, it has an average crime rate for most of the crimes committed in the area, with the exception of bicycle and other thefts. London, on the whole, is very safe, but with a higher-than-average rate for certain thefts, residents’ No. 1 safety concern most likely will be related to stolen goods.
According to justiceinspectorates.gov.uk and the PEEL assessment (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy), the Metropolitan Police force, serving the Wandsworth area, requires improvement when it comes to effectively keeping people safe and reducing crime, while it is classified as ‘good’ when it comes to their efficiency and legitimacy in keeping people safe and reducing crime.
For a non-emergency situation or to report crime, contact the Wandsworth Police by calling 101 or texting 18001 101
Or visit the Lavender Hill Police Station at 176 Lavender Hill, SW11 1JX
Or visit the Wandsworth Police Station at 146 Wandsworth High Street, SW18 4JJ
For an emergency always dial 999 or textphone 18000
As Wandsworth has a higher-than-average rate for bicycle and other thefts, we’ve highlighted the best tips below, cited from police.uk, to keep you and your family, as well as your home, safe.
● Lock your doors and windows whenever you leave your home, even if you’re just going out to the garden
● Hide your keys out of sight and away from your letterbox
● Move valuables out of view through windows
● Store highly valuable items in a properly secured bank vault or safe
● Install a visual burglar alarm
● Install high-quality outdoor lighting
● Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home
● Join or form a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
● Leave radios and lights on a timer to make your home appear occupied
● Ensure all fences and gates around your property are secure
● Keep ladders and tools locked away
● Improve the natural surveillance of your home (e.g., trim high hedges)