Survey shows people feel safer in Islington than they did 30 years ago

Islington Police Station

Islington Police Station - Credit: Archant

People in Islington feel a lot safer on the streets than they did in the mid-Eighties, new research shows.

The Islington Crime Survey was first published in 1986 by academics wanting to record victimisation in a multicultural borough. Now Kent University has compared their work with people’s feelings in 2016.

Researchers recorded a huge rise in people’s sense of safety and a decrease in fear of crime. Only 13 per cent of respondents last year felt crime was a major problem – compared with 37pc in 1986. That could be because people are happier with the long arm of the law. Three decades ago only 43pc were satisfied with police performance – now more than 80pc are.

Women feel safer and black people, who in 1986 felt the highest level of victimisation, now feel safer than white British people – except when it comes to hate crime.

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