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Crime and Policing in Islington

Crime levels in Islington are declining, with year on year reductions9517f5d9465e4a80b28868b0440080e5 indicating that there
were nearly 10,000 fewer crimes in the borough in 2010 compared to 2005.

In Islington for the year 2010-11, residential burglary fell by over 6%, theft from motor vehicles fell by 4.5% and most serious violence fell by over 7%. We have also seen a reduction in the levels of serious youth violence, which fell by 5.1%. From more information on crime statistics visit the Crime Mapping website.

What are the police priorities?

The continual reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour is a priority for Islington. The police, the council and other local services have identified five priority areas for 2011-12. These are violence, serious acquisitive crime, young people, anti-social behaviour, community engagement and reducing offending. Drugs and substance misuse will be addressed within all five priorities. These are the overall policing priorities for Islington, but you will also have your own local priorities for your ward. You can attend your local Safer Neighbourhoods Ward Panel meeting to have your say about local policing priorities.


Serious violent crime includes offences such as murder, serious assaults and rape. Although serious violent crime was only 1.2% of total crime during 2010-2011, it remains a priority. We are focusing on young people, alcohol related violence and knife crime.

Serious acquisitive crime

Serious acquisitive crime includes robbery, burglary and theft of or from cars. For crime prevention advice please see our Staying Safe pages.

Young people

Islington Council, the police and other partners are working together to make sure we do everything we can to keep young people safe in Islington. Our priority is to make sure young people have positive activities to get involved in (there are thousands of activities that young people can get involved in from music and dance to canoeing, football or journalism) and someone to turn to (we have a range of services that young people or parents can contact directly offering help for anything from careers advice to relationship counselling or help to get away from crime or anti-social behaviour). For more information visit our Young People page.

Anti-social behaviour and community engagement

Islington Council and the police work with a range of agencies and local community groups to tackle anti-social behaviour. Improving how we deal with anti-social behaviour and the engagement of the community in tackling local issues are priorities for the Safer Islington Partnership.

Reducing offending  

Reducing offending is a significant focus, and the Integrated Offender Management scheme (IOM) is a major part of our strategy. Through the IOM, the offenders who cause the most problems in the borough are identified and managed in order to reduce further offending.

We tackle drug issues in a variety of ways – through police enforcement, to treatment for addiction and rehabilitation. For example, National Treatment Agency figures for 2010 indicated that 1,328 local people were in effective treatment for crack and/or opiate use in the borough.

Drugs and substance misuse

If you need help with a drug or alcohol problem, see our advice page.

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