Southwark is a dynamic and diverse borough, occupying a large area of South London. Home to world famous attractions such as The Shard, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and Borough Market, all of which draw crowds from home and away. Moving further South, Peckham’s Vibrant Rye Lane and Stirling Prize winning Peckham Library are an everyday stop for the local community.
With over 300 different languages spoken, varying cultures, things to do and historic sites to see there is no question that Southwark is home to a multiple range of shops, pubs, clubs and restaurants, catering for all.
Like any thriving area, the large crowds attract certain types of crime, including shoplifting, theft and drug related activities. Understanding the reasons behind these crimes and the perception of crime in the area is a key driver in reducing these numbers.
Working for the business community, the Business Crime Reduction Partnership in Southwark, uniquely named “Southwark Safe”, is working alongside local businesses, Business Improvement Districts, the Metropolitan Police and Southwark Council to share information and real time communications to prevent crime and disorder which affect businesses, their customers and the communities they trade in. By proactively joining this scheme, businesses are take ownership in helping the fight against crime.