Does anyone know why, for several weeks now, all the lights have been out from the east side of the NT to near the OXO tower? Walking home along there late in the evening has become a rather scary experience and this is the height of the tourist season.
Be careful waking along the riverside late at night. People have been assaulted and robbed around there and by Royal Festival Hall south of Hungerford Bridge. Always be in a group never walk alone itís far from safe in London late evenings.
Yes thanks I've done that. Apparently nobody had reported that this section of the Queen's Walk has been in darkness for more than two weeks. CSCB have asked their electricians to sort it out. I have been assured that in future there will be more regular inspections by their staff.
SE1Antique - while people have been assaulted and robbed on the Thames Path late at night, it's not "far from safe in London". We have 20MM visits to the South Bank each year and a tiny number are victims of crime.
In terms of risky activities, crossing the road is far more dangerous than walking on the South Bank.
London, as a whole, is pretty safe. Most crime occurs to particular types of people. I walk around on my own, and hardly ever in a group, and haven't been attacked or assaulted. I don't feel at risk or threatened when I do.
Please don't scare other people, and please don't be limited by your own fear.
Iím speaking from personal experience. I was robbed and assaulted last November in the area late at night, my wallet and phone stolen ended up in A&E perpetrators never caught. So I know what Iím talking about!
You would say the same about walking round the streets had you been run over by a bus in broad daylight?
I agree with the other posters that the actual chances of being a victim of crime are very small indeed. You have been in such an unfortunate position. Others have been struck by lightning, but this is not a reason for propagating a fear among other people of going out in the rain.
You do realise that by propagating such fears you feed the problem by making people afraid of the dark and that means there are less people, which give the bad people out there more opportunities.
Sorry to hear about your experience, I agree with you . You do have to be careful out and about. It's the threat/fear of violence I get walking at night. With so many groups of drunks walking about after the pubs shut.
Also there's a lot of crime which doesn't get reported. It may not be where you are physically attacked but verbally abused or threatened with violence.
What se1antique experienced was extremely nasty and has every right to
To warn people to be careful and make a statement that London's far from safe.