If you are going to be living in London then you should have your street smarts about you when you make your way around this city. For all its picture postcard quaintness, this is a massive metropolitan area and a bustling modern city. Crime can affect anyone and you need to keep your wits about you so you don’t fall prey to the con artists and petty criminals that work in the cities.

Living in London is actually very safe, and you’ll be surprised at the number of “Bobby’s on the Beat” that you’ll see in the city. Community policing has done much in recent years to reduce the levels of petty crime. The London Metropolitan police force is the oldest in the world, and with their distinctive uniforms and that fact that they provide a visible police presence everywhere in the city; you can be assured of a safe and crime free time in London. London police men and woman are known locally as “Bobby’s” which is a reference to the founder of the police force Sir. Robert Peel. They are definitely never, ever called ‘cops’ they are however, sometimes called coppers, and when you get arrested you are ‘copped’ and taken to the ‘nick’ (jail)! An interesting aspect of the police force in England, that sets them apart from the rest of the world, is the fact that they are not armed. Only a few divisions of the police force are allowed to use weapons during a situation that demands it.

Of course, while you are living her you need to keep your eyes open. There are pickpockets and bag snatchers that operate in large crowds of people. So if you are getting out of your new rental and visiting some of the tourist attractions, keep your camera out of sight when you’re on the underground. Keep your mobile phone safe and never leave your bag on the back of your chair in a crowded restaurant. These snippets of advice work well for all major cities in the world and for the most part London is one of the safest cities in the world to live in.


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