My girlfriend and I are about to move to a place close to Bermondsey tube station. We are a bit concerned about the recent news on crime soaring in London.
Could you please post some of your views on the subject?
John, I have lived in this area for decades, and have never been mugged / burgled .
As Squit said just use a bit of commonsense and awareness....
I have seen more aggro in city pubs than the Old Kent Road, and more dealing as well!
A good (but not at all scientific) way of getting some idea about the area is reading the South London Press (Tuesdays and Fridays). Excluding things Millwall hooligans get up to (as opposed to Millwall fans), my impression form this is that the main thing that happens in Bermondsey is that Simon Hughes opens something. Meanwhile in Streatham, Brixton, Stockwell, Camberwell, Peckham and Walworth it seems like someone stabs someone else every week. In Dulwich of course, there's probbaly a dispute over a garden plant which has encroached on a neighbour's space ...
I find it re-assuring that generally everyone rubs along fine, without things getting boring. My main advice is to watch out for minor thefts - chain/lock things up - otherwise they'll end up in a street market.