I lived in Roupell Street for a number of years and now live round the corner in Theed Street. In fifteen years here I have known of very little crime and encountered none myself. The "estates" are all social housing and the people from them are fun and friendly. It helped when Spacia upgraded the railway arches and improved the lighting. It has lost a little of its character. I used to live opposite the Kings Arms and people used to spread across the road and sit or put there glasses on my window sill.Great fun, never any problem, but it has, of course, been banned. Great area nonetheless.
I've only been four years in SE1 but, like theedy, I've personally known of little crime and encountered none myself. Which is not to say there isn't any - you only have to read the papers to know that. In my experience, though, most of my neighbours on council estates here are cheerful and friendly. And people in shops and on the street are far more likely to give each other a smile than in other parts of London I've lived in. The bike warning seems a wise one though :)
Boomshake i didnt say that, i only posted about a crime recently. All im saying is comparative to other parts of london se1 is brilliant. And for the record i grew up on a rough council estate in south london so your assertation that we are just a bunch of liberals who dont know anything is insulting.