London crime statistics including map and crime rate data
Discover the latest crime statistics and the crime rate in the UK’s capital city including broken down by borough.
When you’re thinking of moving to an area, checking local crime rates is one way of getting a feel for the place and the type of security you should consider. And they’ll impact your insurance premium, too. Here, we’ve compared rates and types of crime for London boroughs.
- Over 928,000 were crimes reported across London between June 2019-2020
- Westminster has the highest crime count in London, with 73,569 reported crimes
- Reported crime up by 8.8% compared to last month, but generally declining
- Crime Rate (per 1000 population) is down from 106.2 to 103.12 compared to this time last year
- 43,519 knife crimes were reported across the UK in year ending March 2019
Reported moped crimes in 2019, compared to over 23,000 just 3 years ago.
The latest facts and figures
London crime rate
There were over 929,000 reported crimes across all the London boroughs between June 2019 and June 2020. This is an increase of around 18,000 crimes to the previous year and a rise of 168,000 crime since 2014/15. Crime rate is calculated by crime per 1,000 population. Find how London’s crime rate has changed over the last few years below:
|Year||Crime rate per 1,000 population|
Crime statistics by location
The levels of crime across London varies. Explore the graph below to see where the most crimes were reported. These crimes were reported between June 2019 and June 2020.
Number of crimes by location in London boroughs
|Borough Name||Crime count|
|Richmond upon Thames||13,406|
|Kingston upon Thames||13,225|
|Kensington and Chelsea||24,294|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||23,359|
|Barking and Dagenham||31,892|
Crime on the rise?
Is crime on the rise in London? We dived into the latest statistics to see how this year’s crime figures compared to the last six years.
Crime count percentage change over the last six years
Yearly reported crime as a whole has increased by over 22% across London Boroughs over the last six years, from a crime count of 760,000 in between February 2014/15 to a total of 928,000 in between June 2019/20.
The area with the highest rise in crime is Westminster, with an increase of 40% in the last six years, followed by Bexley (39%), Greenwich (34%) and Harrow (34%). The lowest increases in crime came from Lambeth (3%), Hammersmith & Fulham (10%) and Islington (9%).
|Area||Increase over 6 years|
|Richmond upon Thames||17%|
|Kingston upon Thames||26%|
|Kensington and Chelsea||21%|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||9%|
|Barking and Dagenham||21%|
Changes in types of crime
While some offences rose in numbers, most of them fell. The most notable increases over the last year were robberies (20%) and drug offences (35%). This is a dramatic slowdown in increases from the previous year where categories of crime, such as robbery increased as much as 39%. Interestingly, categories such as theft and handling, violence against a person, and criminal damage have all gone down compared to last year – most notably theft which has decreased by over 25%.
Over the last five years however, the categories of crime which have seen the biggest increases have been robberies (82%), sexual offences (26%), and burglaries (13%).
|Feb 2019 - Feb 2020||Feb 2018 - Feb 2019||Feb 2017 - Feb 2018||Feb 2016 - Feb 2017||Feb 2015 - Feb 2016||Feb 2014 - Feb 2015|
|Theft and Handling||273,180||365,615||356,649||323,084||308,223||303,742|
|Violence Against the Person||239,906||280,331||269,165||253,307||241,031||206,388|
|Fraud and Forgery||N/A||1,366||1,497||1,293||1,135||1,080|
Knife crime is defined as an offence involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument. Across the UK the number of crimes involving knives hit a nine year high in 2019 with over 47,000 reported incidents.
- 47,000 knife crimes were reported across the UK in the year ending March 2019.
- This is 15% higher than in 2018.
London knife crimes
- London accounted for 38% of knife crimes nationally.
The number of knife crimes peaked in 2019 with over 14,900 incidents – the highest levels in over 10 years. This number increase up from a recent low of 9,700 in 2014/15.
Since 2017/2018, knife crime in the capital has been on the rise, reaching 14,700 last years. Find out below which boroughs have the highest count of knife crimes:
|Borough||Knife crime count|
|Barking and Dagenham||439|
|Hammersmith & Fulham||235|
|Kensington & Chelsea||259|
|Kingston upon Thames||93|
|Richmond upon Thames||126|
In London, moped crimes have risen in recent years, jumping from just 827 offences in 2012 to more than 7,000 in 2019.
- There were 827 reported moped offences in 2012.
- This increased to over 23,000 offences in 2017.
- Over the last 2 years the police has managed to decrease this amount to 6,750.
- 40% of moped crime in London was in just 2 boroughs: Camden and Islington.
- One moped gang was recently jailed after a £1.3m robbery spree.
Reported moped crimes in 2019, compared to under 1,000 just 6 years ago.
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