We are committed to the safety of our communities. By studying and understanding crime trends, we can better protect the neighbourhoods we live in.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in learning about the crime landscape in London, Ontario.
One of the things that makes London great is the diverse and unified community we find in the Forest City. We love walking down Richmond Row and into Victoria Park. We love biking along the TVP or hiking in Medway Valley. We love taking the kids to East Park or to Storybook Gardens. We love our city.
But, sadly, crime still exists here in London. This map can help us to identify crime trends in the area so that we can best protect our community.
How to use this map
Click the photo above to be redirected to the crime map link.
When you first open the crime map, you’ll see many little icons in different colours that indicate the location and type of crime.
Along the left side of the screen, you’ll see the Menu options.
Search Address - This should already say “London, ON”, but if it doesn’t, you can enter those keywords.
Date Range - The default date range is the past 30 days, however you can change the range to whatever timeframe you want.
Event - This function lets you select which types of crime you’d like to see on the map. For example, if you only wanted to see the burglaries, you can “Deselect All” and then just select “Burglary - Commercial” and “Burglary - Residential”.
Analytic Layers - By checking off the box next to “Density Map” you’ll be able to see the concentration of crime. Don’t forget that as you move around to different parts of the map, you’ll need to click “Calculate” for the Density Map to recalibrate.
Along the top of the map you’ll see different tabs.
Map - Crime information seen visually.
Data Grid - Crime information organized into a list.
Analytics - Crime information organized into charts and graphs.
For example, if you are a homeowner living in Wortley Village and you’re curious about theft in the area, you could zoom in on the map and select the “Theft”, “Robbery - Individual”, and “Burglary - Residential” options under Events in the Menu. You could then switch to “Analytics” along the top to see which days of the week those crimes occur most often.
What are the differences between theft, robbery and burglary?
Theft is taking something from someone else.
Robbery is taking something from someone else using intimidation or force.
Burglary is breaking into a place and taking something from someone else.
Burglary is also commonly referred to as breaking and entering.
What is crime like in London Ontario?
There are many conclusions we can draw by looking at the London, Ontario crime map.
Even over time, theft is the most commonly committed crime in London. There are very few, if any, reported instances of homicide or aggravated assault.
Crime is concentrated most in the downtown core of the city. There is also a higher concentration of crime in certain pockets on the east side of the city. Certain neighbourhoods have very low rates of reported crime.
By looking at the neighbourhood you live in, you are able to determine which types of crimes are most common, and take steps to protect against them. For example, high burglary rates would indicate a greater need to protect against break and enters.
What can we do about crime in London Ontario?
- Educate Yourself: Reading this article is a great first step! Take time to understand how and when crime occurs in London.
- Report Crimes: It is important to remember that this crime map only shows reported crimes. For the crime map to be the most accurate possible, it is important for citizens to report crimes to the London Police Service.
- Protect Your Home or Business: Regardless of the crime statistics in your area, there are simple ways to protect your home and property against crime. If you own a business in an area where crime is more common, you may want to consider taking extra precautions. For example, adding film to your windows to prevent and deter “smash and grab” break-ins. A security system is an effective way to deter, detect and reprimand criminals who would attempt to break in to your home or business. Check out our blog post on how security systems really work if you want to know more.
- Know Your Neighbours: Sadly, 1 in 5 millennials don’t participate in their community because they aren’t friends with anyone in their neighbourhood. But law enforcement officers are adamant in saying that knowing your neighbours is the first step in identifying when things aren’t as they should be.
Overall, London is a great place to live. By educating yourself on crime in the city, you are taking steps towards making our community safer for everyone.
Contact us if you have questions about home or community safety in London, Ontario.