I'm not sure this is what the estate agents want to hear...
>Big criminals have many associates, but few have careers like that of George Francis, spanning 55 years and “associations” ranging from the Krays to Frankie Fraser, the Great Train Robbers and the Brink's-Mat thieves. “My old man was a villain and I hope my kids grow up to be villains,” Francis said. “I would rather die quickly by the bullet than slowly in some old people's home that stinks of cabbage water.” Three weeks later, on May 14 this year, Francis was shot four times in the head as he got out of his car in Lynton Road, Bermondsey. The area is also known as the Bermondsey Triangle as it's said to have a higher concentration of villains than anywhere in Britain.
Why didn't this come up on the local authority search when I bought my house in Alma Grove last year? Maybe Southwark council should provide a 'gangster rating' for propspective home buyers!!
My neighbour (very old, slightly bonkers) constantly tells me that the area is 'teaming with criminals, drug dealers and peadophiles' but after being there a year, I've not seen any trouble or criminal activity whatsoever.
Does anyone know if/ how you can look at crime statistics by postcode?
I've lived here on the edge of the Bermondsey Triangle for 20 years or so and have never seen any reason for fear of crime. I've had cars broken into but that seems to happen all over town. It seems no worse here than anywhere else. I still love it.
Surely if the area is where lots of criminals live, then it'll have the lowest actual crime figures, and be the safest place to live. I would imagine that most criminals don't commit crimes in their own neighbourhood. I've lived in/near to the area for 3 years and don't feel threatened at all.