New figures from the Home Office reveal more than half of the worst crime hotspots in Britain are in London.
Analysis by the Mail on Sunday show the number one and two postcodes for recorded crime are the two Westfield shopping centres at either side of the capital.
Meridian Square, the public area which links Stratford station, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the shopping centre saw 3,440 crimes in 18 months, with theft accounting for nearly half of the offences.
Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush was second on the list, which was put together using statistics from police.uk, a government website verified by police forces.
The analysis used details of all the offences recorded between January 2012 and June 2013 and separated by individual postcode.
Also in the top 10 were Seymour Street in Marylebone, as well as Victoria, King’s Cross and Euston stations.
Victoria coach station was also the worst for drugs offences, with the second and third on the list postcodes in east London.
The IKEA car park in Edmonton was the worst place in the country for car crime last year.
Ten worst crime hotspots in Camden revealed
THE 10 most crime-ridden streets in Camden have been revealed on the controversial new online crime mapping site.
The website – http://www.police.uk – allows residents to enter their postcode and find detailed information on offences in their area. Street by street figures show how many criminal incidents were recorded in December last year.
Statistics reveal that Agar Place in Camden Town has the highest number of crimes with 59 – all were classed as anti-social behaviour. In second place was Arlington Road in Camden Town where a total of 48 incidents were recorded – 38 were listed as anti-social behaviour. The next hotspots for crime were Beatty Street, Mornington Crescent, Chalk Farm Road and Kelly Street in Kentish Town.
Camden Liberal Democrat councillor Matt Sanders said: “Too many Camden lives are plagued by anti-social behaviour. It is sadly no surprise that some of our streets are among the worst affected in the country. The council needs to be going through these new crime stats street by street, so they can aggressively target those areas with the worst problems. The launch of this new website has shown the huge demand there is for information on the streets where we live.”
The Government website crashed just hours after it was launched on February 1 because of the huge number of people logging onto the site. It provoked a storm of controversy with thousands of homeowners claiming their street was wrong labelled as a haven for crime.
Agar Place residents were left similarly bemused after the tiny cobbled street – which has just five Victorian houses and is only 50 metres long – was named as the seventh worst area in the country and the second worst in London for anti-social behaviour in December.
A driver for Camden Cabs in Agar Place, said: “You get the odd police car coming round but nothing major. The street has had a bit of trouble but I can’t see the place being any worse than anywhere else in London.”
Stratford is the crime hotspot of the UK, police figures reveal
Commuters, residents, and shoppers milling around in Meridian Square, Stratford.
Stratford is a magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour according to new police figures which show more offences have been commmitted there than anywhere else in the UK.
Offences committed in Stratford
Shoplifting – 500
Anti-Social behaviour – 452
Violent crime – 235
Public disorder and weapons – 142
Drugs – 126
Theft from person – 60
Robbery – 52
Criminal damage and arson – 45
Vehicle crime – 39
Violence and sexual offences – 37
Burglary – 35
Public order – 10
Possession of weapons – 3
Bicycle theft – 3
Other crime – 97
Other theft – 1,604
Scotland Yard crime maps reveal 3,440 offences – 6.7 crimes a day – have been recorded within the last 18 months in Meridian Square, E15 1AZ, the main transport hub for the area which is also the gateway to Europe’s largest indoor shopping centre – Westfield Stratford City – and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Mail on Sunday used location data from the Home Office data with the Met’s crime maps to break the figures down by postcode.
Shoplifting is the most common problem with 500 incidents from January 2012 to June 2013 while Anti-Social Behaviour comes in a close second with 452 offences.
Meridian Square is also the worst spot for robbery as 52 instances have been reported to the police over the same period.
The area saw a record 291 offences in January which increased dramatically from 73 in the same month in 2012.
Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police spoke of the huge numbers of people passing through the area in connection with the figures 47 million visitors to Westfield, 27 million to the Stratford Centre and 100 million using Stratford station.
Around 160,000 people shop at Westfield every day, and 12 events at the Olympic Park have attracted an extra 660,000 visitors to the area.
Cllr Richard Crawford, cabinet member for community affairs who represents Stratford and New Town ward, said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to crime and anti-social behaviour in Stratford and across Newham.
“It simply won’t be tolerated in any shape or form. Safety remains our residents’ number one concern and we are investing more in making Newham safer.”
He added that the Council has paid for 46 police officers and it continues to work with police and partners to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
Stratford is an exception to the rule, according to a Met spokesperson, who said crime in London has fallen by 5.5 per cent since last year and the number of robberies in Newham have also decreased by 5 per cent.
They added: “We fully support crime mapping as a valuable tool to keep the public better informed about crime and able to hold the police and partners to account and take steps to protect themselves from the crimes which affect their neighbourhoods.”