Skip To The Main Content

Crime up in Home Secretary's road

by  | 

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith may see her home insurance premium increase following a rise in crime in the area of London where she has a weekday home.

Offences in Peckham have increased, according to Metropolitan Police figures, with robbery, burglary and violence rising by 63% year on year.

For Ms Smith's street and the four smaller adjoining roads, figures reveal there were 13 offences in December, compared with eight crimes in the same month in 2007.

Police are not disclosing detailed information about the crimes, although the total included at least one robbery and burglary.

Visible security measures at Ms Smith's £350,000 terrace home include an alarm and video entryphone.

Because of her high security status, armed police from Scotland Yard's diplomatic protection group are stationed at the property when she is staying there.

Ms Smith provoked controversy last year when she admitted she was too scared to walk alone in the capital after dark, explaining: "I just don't think that's a thing that people do, is it, really?"

© Press Association 2009