IO: Would you feel safe, walking round, say, Hackney, at midnight on your own?JS: Well, no, but I don’t think I’d ever have done. You know, I would never have done that, at any point during my life.IO: Why not?JS: Well, I just don’t think that’s a thing that people do, is it, really?
As long as politicians and officials treat crime as an inevitable fact of modern urban life it will never be dealt with. What we need is a Home Secretary, police chiefs and civil servants who don’t accept that we all have to accept that walking around after dark is a risk. If we elected our police chiefs, I doubt that they would carry on viewing crime as just a fact of life.
If you look at New York’s crime statistics it is clear that crime has been reduced not just displaced. Indeed, I was in an “up and coming neighbourhood” in Brooklyn over New Year and I felt considerably safer walking around there in the wee hours of the morning than I would in most of London.