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Is Royal Victoria docks a safe place to live?

H, I have lived near Canary Wharf for 6 months and I am looking to move to Royal Victoria docks. I work until late, so would like to know if it's a safe area to live in? Are there too many people who get drunk and create a nuisance or any violent or anti-social behaviours? Sorry, as I'm asking too many questions, but would like to know the area well before shifting there. Thanks. New2London

Asked on Jan 24 2013, Renting in London | Report content

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  • Hi New2London, You say you lived near Canary Wharf for the past six months, so I think the most useful thing we can do in this instance is probably to compare the two areas in terms of their crime levels to see which is perceived to be safer. You can check out all of the data on crimes and the latest statistics for any area by looking at the website In terms of reported crimes in these two areas, November 2012 saw 265 crimes reported in the half-mile area around Canary Wharf, compared to just 106 in the half mile around Royal Victoria Dock during the same time of the year. I cannot give you any exact answers about the prevalence of drunk people or noise in the area as I have not personally lived there, but hopefully these sort of figures can be useful in helping you make a decision. Thanks, Scott

    Answered on Jan 29 2013, Report content
  • I've lived in the area for five years. The apartment buildings on Western Gateway are safe and secure. As a female, I feel safe coming home from nearby Royal Victoria DLR station late in the evening. The area can tend to get noisy at times because of certain events at ExCel, and drunk people have started becoming a problem because the hotels are not reigning in their guests (Ibis has a particular problem because the bar stays open late). There is also the small issue of the youths that come over from 'across the tracks' (rough part of Canning Town) and loiter in the green area outside ExCel. A similar problem occurs across the dock at Britannia Village. I haven't heard much about any violence in the area though. These are minor inconveniences in what is otherwise a nice part of east London. Neighbours are pretty much all Wharf or city workers and tend to keep to themselves. It's a civilised area with great transport links and very pretty in the summer. Good luck.

    Answered on Feb 8 2013, Report content

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