As police launch a new crack-down on crime, London Tonight has gathered statistics on assaults, thefts, robberies and sex offences in central London.
Over the last year, the West End (including areas such as Soho, Covent Garden, Chinatown and Leicester Square) has seen:
6,201 thefts from a person
204 sexual offences
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