Here are a couple of examples: in 2003, there were 24,000 street robberies in New York (citywide) and more than 38,000 in London (all areas patrolled by the Metropolitan Police, which is basically all of London, minus the City). The populations are comparable (about 7 mil in metro London versus 8 mil in the five boroughs), but if we break it out by population we get a similar result: about 549 robberies per 100,000 people in London v. 339 in NYC. Assualts: London: 42,000 (574 per 100K) ; New York 20,000 (259 per 100k). Even these may be under-reported because of the misleading way the Brits keep statistics. Â For instance, if one guy robs five people in separate incidents, that goes on the book as one crime. Â In New York, it counts as five. Also, despite being so small, the City of London (pop. 7,000 or so) has a horrible street crime rate. Â Add that in, and the comparison would look even worse. Beyond that, however, it's not so easy to break out by area. Â For instance, in New York the 19th Precint covers the entire Upper East Side, and it's easy to get precinct-by-precinct numbers. Â For London, the breakdowns are not so precise. Â You can get statistics for the City of Westminster as a whole, but not for Mayfair, e.g.. BTW, if you look at the numbers for Manhattan (esp. Manhattan South, where the offices, cultural institutions and tourists are), the are much, MUCH lower than comparable numbers for tourist London. Â Most of the crime in NYC happens where tourists never go.