Review 2011: The Victims

There were 114 homicides in London in 2011 compared to 122 the previous year, according to our own list of cases. This continues the downward trend since 2003.

The good news continues when we break down the cases by weapon. What had started to look like an increase in fatal shootings went into reverse while fatal stabbings showed a slight increase.

Fewer teenagers were killed in 2011 than in the previous year (reduced from 19 to 15). This continues the progress made since the peak of 2007/8 and the headline cases of Ben Kinsella and Rob Knox. Clearly the next group to target is the 20-29 year olds.

The percentage of female victims also reduced slightly from 25 to 23 per cent from 2010. Here is an unnecessary pie chart.

The low total for 2011 had not looked possible in the first two months of the year with 13 homicides in January and 15 in February. The only other significant spike was in August, which was the month of the riots.

Finally here are the figures broken down by borough for the last four years. Newham and Hackney had ‘good’ years while only Lambeth broke into double figures.

Borough2008200920102011
Barking and Dagenham1341
Barnet3274
Bexley3304
Brent11454
Bromley0514
Camden1232
City of London0100
City of Westminster4441
Croydon5766
Ealing5447
Enfield9435
Greenwich5645
Hackney5772
Hammersmith and Fulham1134
Haringey4938
Harrow1530
Havering0101
Hillingdon3222
Hounslow1120
Islington7464
Kensington and Chelsea0100
Kingston0101
Lambeth137811
Lewisham5786
Merton5101
Newham67153
Redbridge4123
Richmond0000
Southwark12867
Sutton3331
Tower Hamlets6859
Waltham Forest7565
Wandsworth4623
Total134130122114

Note: The Metropolitan Police’s rolling 12 month tables give figures of 124 homicides for 2010 and 117 for 2011.

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