Barking and Dagenham 17th least peaceful place but crime falling

Barking and Dagenham is the 17th least peaceful place in the UK but murder, weapon crime and public disorder has fallen, a new report reveals.

The UK Peace Index released last week shows the borough fairly near the bottom of the table just above Camden and below Manchester.

The index looks at the rate of homicide, violent crime, weapon crime, public disorder, and the number of police officers per 100,000 people in the UK’s local authorities.

It shows that the murder rate in the borough has fallen since 2005 from five incidents in every 100,000 people to 1.51 and the rate of weapon crime dropped from five to 3.03.

Public disorder has fallen slightly, from 3.87 to 3.18.

Violent crime has remained the same at five incidents per 100,000.

The number of police officers in the borough stood at 4.890 per 100,000 people in 2005, rose to five the following year and dropped slightly to 4.950 in 2012.

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According to the index the most peaceful region in the UK is Broadland in Norfolk, followed by Three Rivers in Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire.

Inner London boroughs were the least peaceful, with Lewisham, Lambeth and Hackney coming off worst.

The report’s data shows a close correlation between levels of violence and the amount of poverty in an area, as well as the number of single-parent households, overcrowded housing, and high rates of teenage pregnancy.

It also finds that the number of police officers has no correlation to the level of peace.