Hi We are moving to Muswell in the NewYear after many visits, much research and generally hearing great things about the area. But it seems that violent crime is on the rise in last couple of years and the poor woman who was bound, gagged and stabbed to death on Hill Rd is not far from the house we are meant to be buying. Heard there was a similar incident of someone being bound and gagged on Pages Lane as well? We are used to living in relative “protection” of an upper maisonette/flat in NW1 so a bit worried that a house in MH may not be safest bet for our family even if it is on a road with traffic near a school (vs quieter side Rd). For those living in MH what is your feeling about safety? Are violent burglaries and crime rising ? Are there lots of gangs/thugs around these days? Thanks for your help!
Sorry but as you already know the leafy 'burb Muswell Hill your question is a bit nuts! Of course crime can happen anywhere, Dennis Neilson, the prolific serial killer, also lived in Muswell Hill. But don't worry it's generally a lovely place to live.!
Sorry OP, when you said NW1 I assumed Camden Town, which has more than its fair share of crime. Still, Muswell Hill is very much a nappy valley in the same vein as Crouch End. It isn't on the tube which can be a pain but there are regular buses.
Charley50 thanks. As I mentioned, I’ve only visited MH a few times during the day so cannot say I know it well, hence the question to locals who actually live there. Crime data is what it is but doesn’t provide much insight as to what’s behind it.
I've lived in Muswell Hill for nearly seven years. Apart from one theft from my car when I stupidly forgot to lock it, the only crime that we have encountered is once, several years ago, when two youths approached my DH on the street in broad daylight as he was walking home from local shop with a bottle of wine and told him to give them the wine. He kicked off his sandals and told them to come and take it if they wanted it. They ran away.
Having said that, the moped gangs have apparently been seen around here at times although I don't know anyone who has seen them, and they can and do go anywhere.
We have lived here for 4 years and have never had any issues. Muswell Hill is a lovely area with a real community feel. Of course nowhere is crime free but from my experience wouldn't warn anyone off the area re crime.