Robbery in London up 15% but some of the greatest robbery increases in Boris boroughs

Personal Robbery in London has increased by 15 percent and domestic Burglary by 8.5 percent over the last twelve moths.
This London figures hides much greater increases in some boroughs.
Bexley a 59% increase in Robbery
Harrow has recorded a 40.8% increase in Robbery
Bromley 26% increase in Robbery
Kensington and Chelsea 20.1% increase in Robbery

Under any circumstances these sort of rises would be described as devastatingly bad. Interestingly the lowest increases have been in those areas of London usually regarded as crime hotspots for robbery, such as Lambeth (18.4% increase), Southwark (8.1% increase), Newham (3.5% increase) and Hackney (0.6% increase) recording relatively smaller rises.

source Met Police

Could it be that austerity measures are hitting hardest the safety of residents within those outer London boroughs that were most supportive of the coalition government and the current Mayor of London? Are the policies they have developed in relation to cutting police and downgrading the need for community safety performance now coming home to roost?
Possibly, but not entirely, there has been a general increase of around 100 additional robberies per borough across most of London. This equates to a massive percentage increase in historically low robbery boroughs like Bexley and Harrow but a small increase in higher robbery boroughs like Lambeth and Newham.

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Black on Black Murder is less likely than White on White Murder

The term Black on Black murder and violence is regularly used to indicate a downward spiral of violent crime within Black communities across the UK.
It is one of those fear inducing emotive terms that has widespread acceptance, is linked to the condemnation of young Black men and has bitter aftertaste of racism contained within it.

But it has always been members of your own community who are most likely to be violent towards you, it doesn’t matter whether you are Black, White or Asian. Data released on murders within England and Wales over the last 3 years (2008 to 2011) confirms that it is White people who are most likely to be killing White people, and that Black on Black murder or Asian on Asian murder is less likely than White on White murders.

Table of Murder Victims Ethnic Appearance against Murder Suspects Ethnic Appearance – Murders from 2008 to 2011

WHITE Suspect
BLACK Suspect
ASIAN Suspect
Other Suspect
WHITE Victim
1232 cases
85% 5 2 3 6
BLACK Victim
164 cases
13 72% 3 9 3
ASIAN Victim
134 cases
19 10 56% 7 8

(data is for murder and homicides from 1st April 2008 to end of March 2011 – source Home Office)

This table demonstrates that for murders/ homicides between 2008 and 2011 where the ethnic appearance of both the victim and suspect is known: White on White murders occurred 85 percent of the time, Black on Black murders occurred 72% of the time, and Asian on Asian murders occurred 56% of the time.
You are least likely to be killed by someone from another race (ethnic appearance) if you are White and quite likely to be killed by someone from a different race if you are Asian.

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London Murders Jan 2006 to 31st December 2011

The victim names, ages, borough and date of recorded incident, for all London Murders and Manslaughter cases from 1st January 2006 to 2013 have been placed on an interactive table that provides the capability to review and search by borough, date of incident and age of victims.
Link to:

All London Murders Listed- Jan 2006 to 2013

Table of London Murders per Borough – 2006 to 2011

BOROUGH 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 TOTAL
Barking and Dagenham 8 5 1 3 3 1 21
Barnet 4 3 4 1 8 4 24
Bexley 3 1 5 4 0 4 17
Brent 6 2 9 6 6 5 34
Bromley 3 7 2 4 0 3 19
Camden 11 4 2 2 2 3 24
Croydon 7 8 6 6 6 6 39
Ealing 8 7 5 3 6 6 35
Enfield 4 6 9 3 3 6 31
Greenwich 4 8 6 7 4 6 35
Hackney 11 8 8 8 6 2 43
Hammersmith and Fulham 2 6 1 2 3 3 17
Haringey 4 7 4 9 5 8 37
Harrow 2 0 1 4 5 0 12
Havering 6 4 1 1 1 1 14
Hillingdon 8 4 3 2 2 2 21
Hounslow 5 3 3 2 2 0 15
Islington 6 4 9 3 6 4 32
Kensington and Chelsea 2 0 0 0 0 1 3
Kingston upon Thames 2 1 0 1 0 1 5
Lambeth 14 23 14 8 8 12 79
Lewisham 5 4 5 7 9 7 37
Merton 7 0 5 1 0 1 14
Newham 14 13 5 8 14 3 57
Redbridge 0 5 4 1 2 3 15
Richmond upon Thames 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Southwark 5 11 13 8 6 8 51
Sutton 2 2 3 3 3 1 14
Tower Hamlets 1 3 7 8 6 9 34
Waltham Forest 5 4 8 5 5 5 32
Wandsworth 8 4 5 6 1 4 28
Westminster 4 6 7 4 2 1 24
TOTAL 172 163 155 130 124 120

861 London murders listed – are based upon Murder and Manslaughter case data (based on Met Police FOI with review by Citizens Report)

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British Murders 2012 – victims of murder, homicides and fatal violence mapped

Reports of Murders, Homicides and Violence with Fatal Injury made on the site have been placed on their own individual page for mapping the location, weapon and suspected motive of incidents.

Link to British Murder Victims 2012

Once on the map page. Clicking on a marker on the map reveals details of murders (purple markers for murders in 2011, yellow markers for murders 2012. Or on the table of incidents, provides details on the victims name, age, sex and where available, picture.

Murder and Homicide – Main Features

  • The most at risk age group for homicides are children under a year of age
  • Above 16 years, the most at risk age ranges are 16 to 20, and 21 to 29.
  • Two thirds of homicide victims are male
  • The most common method used for homicide is a knife or sharp instrument (approx 40% of homicides) for both men and women. The second most common method for males victims was punching or kicking, for female victims it was strangulation. Gun and firearm murders represented 6% of victims
  • Female victims were most likely to be killed by someone they knew (approx 78%), with around 47% of female victims being killed by a partner or ex-partner, male victims knew their assailant around 57% of the time, being killed by a partner or ex-partner 5% of the time.
  • Victims under 16 were likely to know their assailant (around 70%), when the assailant was known this was regularly the parent of the victim (50%).

  • Table of Number of Murders / Homicides in ENGLAND and WALES 2001 to 2012 – with Gun Murder Statistics per year

    financial year
    Murder / Homicides
    (and number where a gun or firearm caused the fatality)
    Murder / Homicides
    confirmed cases
    Murder / Homicide
    per million pop
    2000/1 847

    (of which 72 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    764 14.4
    2001/2 854

    (of which 96 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    793 15.2
    2002/3 1041

    (of which 80 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    942 17.9
    2003/4 852

    (of which 68 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    772 14.6
    2004/5 834

    (of which 76 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    780 14.7
    2005/6 764

    (of which 49 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    708 13.3
    2006/7 749

    (of which 56 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    712 13.3
    2007/8 772

    (of which 53 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    734 13.6
    2008/9 668

    (of which 39 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    640 11.8
    2009/10 626

    (of which 39 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    608 11.1
    20010/11 648

    (of which 58 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    636 11.5
    1st Jan 2011 to 31st Dec 2011 564
    2011/12< 550

    (of which 39 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    (population of England and Wales is 56.1 million)

    Source: Office for National Statistics (release date 19th July 2012)

    Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2010-11

    From April 2012 the Office for National Statistics now publishes figures for Crime in England and Wales

    Graph of Number of Homicides in England and Wales per year from 1960 to 2012
    Number of Homicides per Year in England and Wales from 1960 to 2012

    Table of number of Homicides (victims) in SCOTLAND 2001 to 2012 – with Gun Murder Statistics per year

    financial year
    Murder / Homicides
    Murder / Homicide
    per million pop
    2001/2 115

    (of which 5 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2002/3 125

    (of which 3 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2003/4 109

    (of which 2 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2004/5 137

    (of which 8 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2005/6 94

    (of which 8 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2006/7 119

    (of which 8 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2007/8 115

    (of which 4 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2008/9 99

    (of which 2 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2009/10 82

    (of which 2 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2010/11 101

    (of which 2 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    2011/12 90

    (of which 5 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    (population of Scotland is 5.3 million)

    British Murders 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012
    There were 640 Murders / Homicides in Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) in 2011/12 (10.43 per million population)
    Of these 640 Murders / Homicides, 44 involved a gun or firearm as the main weapon. Gun murders in Britain in 2011/12 represent 6% of the murder cases, (0.72 gun homicides per million population).

    Population of Britain (combined England, Scotland and Wales) in last census 2011 = 61,370,912

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    Racist Murder and Murder by your own Race

    It is wonderful news to hear that the mother and father of Stephen Lawrence have finally had some justice, and two of the murderers of Stephen, Gary Dobson and David Norris, have finally been put in prison for their racist knife attack 18 years ago.

    Thankfully racist violence and attacks have become much less a concern for young Black men in London, but what should have been a respite from fear of violence has not occurred, instead the greatest threat and fear of young Black men is now from other young Black men. And the chances of being attacked and suffering serious violence as a young Black man is greater now than it was during the time Stephen Lawrence was attacked all those years ago.

    I think there is a collective exasperation from many Black parents to see how all those years of fighting racists and racism has brought us to a situation where so called Black on Black crime is now the greatest harm to our children.

    For some the representation of an external monster of racism was a far more palatable issue than the threat from within. At least racists and racism could be readily identified and once seen could be tackled by a collective effort; who your enemies were was clear, that you could join together to tackle them was a unifying force. Now the racists have become a more covert (within urban areas), their violence mostly against the aspirations and prospects of young Black people rather than their bodies, the glue of the collective cause has been weakened and a fragmentation between Black people has occurred.

    This fragmentation is similar to a wider fragmentation across many societies and cultures within the UK. Politics and politicians, police and justice, religion and priests; no longer unify, they now tend to represent narrow self interests. However regret and nostalgia for the so called better times, especially for the stupid and loathsome force of racism is silly. The task is to identify a vision for collective improvement that can grab the imagination of many and join them together in the effort, rather than the destructive, fragmented and selfish motives that are driving so many today. Our leaders and elders don’t seem to have the philosophical nouse to pull this particularly elusive rabbit out of the bag. Can we?

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    Community action against crime: Innovation fund

    The deadline for the first round of funding bids for the Community action against crime: Innovation fund should be in by the 1st December.

    Application forms are available on this link

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    Teenage Gangs, Murder, Policing and Policy

    It never fails to amaze me how much of the discussion, action and even government policy associated with teenage murders, serious violence and “gang culture” regularly mirrors the lack of psychological maturity of those committing the offences.

    While the subject matter, teenage acts of individual and group brutality, concerns behaviours that are ill thought out and lack basic empathy and understanding. Those seeking to intervene in these behaviours, such as the police and government policy units, seem to share similar characteristics related to simplification and polarisation of issues and an inability to conceptualise anothers thoughts, emotions or position.

    Both sides are primarily driven by emotional responses to events; often a brutish act; and both sides believe that by somehow increasing the level of brutality and representing the other side as negatively as possible this will sustain the impetus to act.

    While teenagers can be forgiven to some degree for this simplistic immature approach, those in policing and government policy and strategy are being paid an adult wage to be a bit more mature about matters.
    But before we dismiss these adults in “crime reduction” services for acting like the teenagers themselves we should also consider a far more professionalised motivation.
    The “professionals” have a very strong vested financial interest in maintaining a heightened sense of emotionality around the threat or potential threat of teenage gangs. It is through this fear that they can persuade politicians to release funding to support pet projects and promote their own careers.

    These opening statements probably sound a little strong but even very recently we have had both the police and government representatives, blame the London and English riots in August 2011 on gangs, only to later have the Home Office concede that the influence of gangs in the riots was minimal. The recent government gangs strategy was developed by the Home Office as a direct response to the summer riots, only to have the that development rationale destroyed by the Home Secretary admitting a month later that there was little evidence to suggests gangs were a motivating factor for the riots. Even very recently (December 2011) a range of academic research has reported that the effects of gangs was minimal in the riots, issues such as the police killing of Mark Duggan, anger against policing and the wider resentment caused by a decline in youth opportunities and prospects were the principal driving factors.

    There is a clear pattern here of any horrific or violent issue that relates to young people being blamed on gangs, this gangs explanation allows politicians and police to discount a range of potential and possible complex issues, simplify the matter into a them against us scenario and condemn a whole group of already marginalised young people.

    Unhappily none of this is a real surprise. Politicians are provided sound bites by speech writers and media advisors who are often seeking the most simple and powerful message to convey to the media and potential voters. Alas simple and powerful messages are often cliched and seek to tap into pre-existing stereotypes about groups and communities.
    Policy and strategy that is then built upon these stereotypes is likely to re-enforce the negative issues that may have contributed to the violent behaviour in the first place.

    There have been 131 teenage murders in London over the last 7 years (link to teenage murder page). With thankfully this year, to December 2011, being one of the lowest rate of teenage murders in the last seven years. Despite this we continually hear that the gang threat is increasing and that London is in the grip of a growing gang epidemic.
    Lets remind ourselves that it is not that young people choose to hang around in groups, they do that as a natural part of being a young person, it is the behaviours that are expressed when they are together that is important.
    Any strategy that tries to use the simplistic tag “anti-gang” is describing itself as simplistic, ill-considered and seeking to ramp-up fear and capitalise on negative emotional stereotyping.

    Some Pointers for tackling Territorial Violence by Young People
    1. While acknowledging concerns and issues, it is important that you do not create a state of fear and anxiety within young people for their own personal safety.
    The vested financial interests of older professionals (and even those in the voluntary sector), can lead them to try and create a high level of anxiety and panic and to whip up media interest. Ramping up fear and threat levels is counter productive as it encourages young people to think that they should manage this threat by carrying weapons and being more violent themselves, you thus create a growing cycle of harm.

    2. Identify the behaviour(s) that you specifically want to reduce, otherwise you will be prone to focusing on process or activity based indicators as your criteria for success. Again watch out for the professional vested interests, they will want you to focus on services provided, activities undertaken, people contacted, as this provides an ever increasing cycle of budget expansion.. By focusing on behaviour change outcomes you challenge yourself to think what success looks like and how it can be measured.

    3. One of the reasons young people form groups for offending is to hide their individual identity within that group. By talking about a gang or group name you play into this de-individualisation process. Where ever possible re-assert how particular individuals have behaved, and the consequences for that behaviour. Talk about how different people benefit differentially in the group, some prosper others take the fall. It’s an old saying but it still resonates strongly – Divide and conquer.

    4. Brutish and nasty systems tend to blame the victim for any harms they have suffered, and will regularly launch initiatives that increases the damage to the victim. This has been seen in areas such domestic violence, race attacks and human trafficking. The victim and perpetrator dynamic can often be confusing, but it is no excuse to slip into the “they deserve what they got” approach.

    5……. to be continued

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    Citizens Report now in Barbados

    It was a pleasure to develop a Barbados version for citizens to report crime. The new Barbados site is on the URL

    Citizens Report is a not for profit organisation and we think citizens should have the ability to report and map out issues in their local area without having to rely on the state. In some areas this citizens led ability is very important because state sources may not be entirely open about the type or amount of crime happening.

    If you are interested in using our coding to develop your own local or national citizens crime reporting site please feel free to contact us.
    All you will need is a google account and your own web server space to host two pages. One page for reporting crime localised to your area, the other page to show the crimes in your area.

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    London Riots August 2011

    Mapping the Riots in London and across the UK is available on this link. source Guardian

    The comments and discussions from site visitors over the last few months on Black violence, teenage murders, shooting and robbery have suggested a growing fear around the safety of young people, frustration with policing and reduced aspiration and opportunities for young people.
    While nothing could condone the violence, burning and looting that has and is still occurring, it would be ridiculous to deny that many who visited the site have warned that the frustration, fear and anger would eventually explode outwards rather than be retained within Black communities or the estates within deprived areas of London.

    Sadly this has occurred and was sparked by the shooting of Mark Duggan on Thursday the 4th August in Ferry Lane Tottenham

    On the 14th July
    TK Black Elder and Grandfather commented:
    “We know that Black people are often the last to get the benefits of good times and the first to lose those benefits in the hard times. There is no surprise that robbery and burglary are climbing fastest in deprived areas with black communities, or that knife crime and violence in Lambeth has started to spike
    I don’t know why people turn on each other in this violent way when things get tough. When the Brixton riots happened it was their local area the youths smashed not Westminster or Chealsea. When people are in pain they lash out at whoever is closest this happens in relationships it happens in neighbourhoods.
    Lambeth is a barometer and early warning signal that the hard times are biting and when shit happens in Lambeth it tends to pulse outwards to the rest of the city.”

    In June 2011 Francis R commented:
    “There is no consistent thread in any of these murders. Someone gets killed because of a robbery, another because someone somewhere disrepected another. Tit for tat killings of young men with guns. The only consistent thing is that there is a brutal disregard for peoples life. But that is the normal now. Young people learn from those around them and what they have learnt is that adults whether they are politicians, religious or business leaders, lie, steal, cheat and when they want something they don’t care about killing to get it. Because these black young men seem to be killing each other for now doesn’t mean that it will stay that way. Eventually that anger is going to turn outward from the estates in Lambeth, Newham and Southwark and god help us when that happens.”


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    Citizen Crime Reporting now in Kenya

    Citizens Report is happy to have provided its crime reporting coding to Mulikamwizi a non-profit organisation in Kenya to assist their citizens report and identify where crimes have occurred.

    If you are interested in using our coding to develop your own local or national citizens crime reporting site please feel free to contact us.
    All you will need is a google account and your own web server space to host two pages, one page for reporting crime localised to your area, the other page to show the crimes in your area.

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