Queen lives in worst neighborhood for anti-social behavior – see how yours compares

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II lives in the worst neighborhood in England and Wales for anti-social behaviour. Hyper-local police figures show that there were 2,468 incidents of anti-social behavior (ASB) recorded in the Strand, St James and Mayfair neighborhood in Westminster in 2021-22, a 16% rise from the previous year.

That neighborhood includes the Queen’s official residence, Buckingham Palace, as well as Covent Garden and part of St James’ Park. Incidents of ASB can include vandalism, verbal abuse, shouting, swearing, fighting, intimidation and harassment.

When compared to the population, the figures equate to 318 crimes for every 1,000 people living in the Queen’s neighborhood – the highest rate in England and Wales, and much higher than the national average of 21 incidents per 1,000 people. The three neighborhoods with the next highest rates of ASB were all in the seaside resort of Blackpool – Central Blackpool (291 incidents per 1,000 residents), North Shore (225 per 1,000 residents) and South Promenade and Seasiders Way (214 per 1,000 residents) – where tourists may have been responsible for much of the problem.

At the other end of the spectrum, Ulverley Green and Langley in Solihull was the safest neighborhood in England and Wales for ASB, with fewer than one incident for every 1,000 residents. You can see if the number of ASB incidents has been rising or falling in your area using our interactive, along with how that compares to the national picture.

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Across nearly 7,000 neighborhoods in England and Wales – with the exception of Greater Manchester, where police were unable to provide localized figures due to ongoing computer issues – there were 1.2 million incidents of anti-social behavior last year, a 36% drop from 1.8 million during the year ending 2020-21. However, much of that year was spent in lockdown and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said the pandemic spike was due to breaches of public health regulations that “would not be considered ASB in normal times”.

A spokesperson for the NPCC said: “ASB can have devastating effects to communities if it is not dealt with correctly. Police forces and partner agencies work tirelessly to help and support the victims of ASB to improve their quality of life and deal with offenders robustly.”

While some forms of anti-social behavior can seem relatively trivial, this type of offending can have a major impact on people’s lives in the neighborhoods where it takes place. Victim Support says many people who experience anti-social behavior may find that they can’t sleep, feel constantly anxious and “on edge”, are frightened to go out and don’t feel safe in their own homes.

The charity’s chief executive, Diana Fawcett, said: “Anti-social behavior is often thought of as low level but it can actually have a devastating impact, destroying people’s sense of safety, taking a huge toll on their mental health and massively disrupting their day to day lives.

“Many victims end up losing serious amounts of money or even needing to move house. It’s vital that the government uses the upcoming Victim’s Bill to strengthen the rights of persistent antisocial behavior victims and improve the support available to them.”

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