In US, especially California buying new E-class cost much less, than annual average salary.
I wish that were the case here.
Average annual salary is around £25,000 GBP.
That will buy you a low-spec C240...
There are relatively few Armed Police patrolling the streets in London. Most of them are positioned around points of Political and Financial interest, although the London Metropolitan Police has many Armed Response Units. Not to mention the world's elite force, the SAS!
The vast majority of Police officers i see do not ever carry or use firearms.
As for day-to-day (visible) crime, London pales into insignificance when compared to places like Johannesburg (car-jack central) due to the heavy Police presence and virtually the entire city centre being covered by CCTV.
However, it seems that young people are at the heart of our main social crime problems, and many UK residents feel that the law doesn't do enough to punish young offenders.
Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful place to live (diverse, hard-working and constantly evolving) but very intense.
Extreme wealth sits side-by-side with extreme poverty - no gated estates here.