Saturday, June 25

London’s most crime ridden Tube stations revealed



Kings Cross is London’s most crime-ridden underground station, figures obtained from the British Transport Police have revealed.

The statistics, released through a Freedom of Information request and reported by the Evening Standard, reveal 457 crimes have been recorded at the central London station over 12 months from 1 December 2014.

Crime at King Cross soared above the capital’s other stations, with 87 violent incidents, 65 public order offences and 25 sex crimes recorded over the year.

Over 200 thefts of passenger property were also logged at the station. Incidents of fraud, drugs offences and criminal damage were also recorded.

Oxford Circus and Stratford stations both saw the second highest number of crimes, with each reporting 334 incidents over the year. Victoria ranked fourth, recording 308 crimes.

Stations recording over 200 crimes over the year included Liverpool Street and Bank, while the city centre stations Green Park, Holborn, Leicester Square and London Bridge all recorded over 180 crimes each.

The station with the lowest number of crimes was North Wembly, recording just two crimes over the year – one for graffiti vandalism and a second for theft.

The BTP said despite the seemingly high number of crimes recorded, crime across the rail network was at its lowest for over a decade.

A BTP spokesman said: “Over the course of 2014/15, BTP recorded more than 9,000 offences across the London Underground network, and 46,000 across England, Scotland and Wales as a whole.

“This was our lowest recorded level of crime nationally in more than a decade and makes it very clear that the chances of becoming a victim of an offence are minimal.”

“Currently, crime is at a low of 6.8 offences per million passenger journeys across London Underground, a figure being maintained, and an improvement on the 8 offences per million journeys recorded in 2013/14.

The BTP note that stations where high numbers of crimes are recorded are mostly major stations, which experience exceedingly high volumes of people passing through each day.

The spokesman added: “Many of these stations are very busy hubs with huge numbers of people passing through, so numbers of offences are always likely to be higher than at smaller stations. Larger, busier stations also have a higher police presence, so more offences are likely to be recorded.”