Also known as ‘mugging’. Offending levels fluctuate and are influenced by many factors, not least arrest and conviction rates. Hammersmith and Fulham Borough does not have a high rate of street robbery when compared to other London Boroughs. While we advise people to be careful, we also stress that for each offence, there are many thousands of safe journeys on our streets.
Most offences occur simply because a victim happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, often in possession of desirable property. Cut the risks by planning your routes and try not to display desirable items or cash. Trust your instincts, avoid being alone in quiet secluded places. Choose busier, well lit streets over less used short cuts. Try to minimise the time you spend using the phone while walking, especially if you have the latest, most desirable make or model.