A stark difference in crime


There were almost twice as many crimes committed in Lewisham last year as in Bexley, according to police statistics.

Lewisham saw 31,159 crimes committed in 2017 against Greenwich’s 30,690 and Bexley’s 18,761.
The three boroughs are set to merge this year to become the South East Basic Command Unit. The figures, collated by property website Good Move, from official Met statistics show Lewisham had the most offences committed relating to sex and violence, drugs and weapons possession.

The number of crimes of sex and violence committed in Lewisham was 8,017, with Greenwich having 7,746 and Bexley 4,409.

Lewisham had 1,082 drugs crimes, Greenwich 874 and Bexley 422.

When it came to weapons possession offences, Lewisham was again the worst of the three boroughs, with 271 crimes committed, while Greenwich had 175 and Bexley 92.

Offences covered by the stats include robbery, shoplifting, criminal damage, violent/sexual crime, personal theft, antisocial- behaviour, vehicle crime, public order offences and weapon possession.

People wanting to find out the crime stats for their area, or for somewhere they might be planning to relocate to, can consult Good Move’s new online resource Crime Time.

Ross Counsell, director at Good Move, said: “We think it’s essential for people to be aware of what’s happening in their area – as well as any area they might be thinking about moving to.

“That’s why we developed by Crime Time, to make sure you have all the information you need.”

To use Crime Time go to https://goodmove.co.uk/crime-time/


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One thought on “A stark difference in crime

  • 24 March 2018 at 02:40

    That is exactly why I moved from near Lewisham to Bexley 35 years ago because this trend had well and truly started then.

    My car is on the road now unlocked and I haven’t even got a lock on my back door.
    Maybe I should try that in Lewisham….


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