Watch Londoners on whether they feel safe in the capital

We asked Londoners how secure they feel on the city's streets.
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The murder of 16-year-old Harry Pitman made for a tragic end 2034. After more people were killed last week, we took to the streets of south-east London to ask people how safe they felt in the capital.

Tom, from South London, said: “I personally feel perfectly safe, but then I’m probably the most likely to feel safe. I’m a man, and women are obviously subject to far less safety than men are typically.

“I think it’s tough for young folks in that situation, it’s really grim. But personally speaking, I feel safe.”

Jo, who moved to London as an adult, said: “I do feel safe in London. When I was a kid in Australia, I did not feel safe going out in the evening as a young woman.

“I feel like because it’s a crowded city, I do usually feel pretty secure. But then I have an 18-year-old daughter, and now when she’s out going clubbing, and all sorts of things, I can’t sleep until she’s home.

“I think that it’s worrying, the level of violence, but if I’m honest, on a personal level, I don’t feel it particularly badly.”

Ryan, who grew up in London, said: “I’m born here, probably second generation Caribbean, so I’ve found it a challenge on and off, demographically and socially.

“It’s okay if you know where you’re going, you know the areas, you know the people. You have a mentality that each area can possess.

“If you’re young, you’ve got to watch yourself. I think for the young, and for a long time - maybe three, four decades - a lot of things have changed.”

Simon, 60, said: “Well, out of ten, six or seven. The obvious answer [to making people feel safer] is more visible policing.

“There’s an awful lot of negative publicity about crime being investigated, which I would agree with, but without any real evidence of it.

“You don’t see police on the streets like you used to. You see cars occasionally, but you used to see police walking around. I felt more secure when it was like that. Sometimes it feels a bit dodgy walking around in the dark.

“Or if you’re a young guy… I mean, I’m 60 now, but I think if you’re young and you’re out and you’re partying and you’re going to clubs or areas where people are having a few drinks or smoking some stuff, then I think it’d probably get a bit lairy.

“You get into scrapes when you’re younger, when you’re a teenager or in your 20s. You don’t get into scrapes at my age.”