Camden street is UK ASBO hotspot
A CAMDEN street has been revealed to be among the top 10 unruly areas in Britain by a new government website.
Agar Place was shown to have the seventh highest level of anti-social behaviour in the country on the Home Office site, www.police.uk, launched on Tuesday.
The website allows residents to type in their postcode to see maps which detail information about offences in their neighbourhoods.
It also identified Camden borough as having the second highest crime rate in London, with only Westminster being rated higher, and showed Camden Town to be one of the worst hotspots.
Labour councillor for Camden and Primrose Hill, Thomas Neumark, said he was not surprised by the website’s findings about Argar Place and the borough as a whole.
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He said: “There’s an estate around it – the Agar Estate – and it has got a bit of a reputation. Central Camden is notorious for crime.
“It has been getting better in recent years – there’s not the visible drug dealing there used to be. But the crime is the major concern among residents.
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“In Camden Town we’ve now got the biggest Safer Neighbourhood Team in Britain – bigger than Brixton.”
Within Camden, Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent, along with parts of Kentish Town, Dartmouth Park and Archway were shown to be above average for crime.
Meanwhile, Gospel Oak, Kentish Town and Southwood Lawn Road in Highgate were named as having the highest burglary rates.
Cllr Neumark said he was in favour of the transparency www.police.uk offered, but the most important thing was that the statistics were acted upon.
“Are people just going to feel scared or are they going to be able to contact their local police and local councillors to change things.
“It really depends what happens with the information so it’s not just some cool maps.”
Community safety spokesman for Camden’s Liberal Democrats, Cllr Matt Sanders, added: “Too many Camden lives are plagued by anti-social behaviour. It’s 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 it can aggressively target those areas with the worst problems.
“There are lots of Camden staff whose jobs take them out and about on our streets every day.
“We should be training up people like traffic wardens or street wardens so they can all be on the look-out for crime or anti-social behaviour.”
A Police spokeswoman said the map was a work in progress, adding: “There are a number of issues with the way in which crime locations are put onto the mapping site.
“The site had been developed relatively quickly and as such the MPS will continue to feed into the NPIA ideas for the continued development of the site.”
They were unavailable to comment at the time of going to press on Camden’s specific crime hotspots as was Camden Council.