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.

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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.

Quick overview

  • 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

6,800+

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
2014/15 84.43
2015/16 88.56
2016/17 91.89
2017/18 99.31
2018/19 106.2
2019/20 103.12

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 NameCrime count
Westminster73,569
Wandsworth27,240
Waltham Forest25,930/td>
Tower Hamlets35,448
Sutton14,857
Southwark38,778
Richmond upon Thames13,406
Redbridge25,379
Newham37,090
Merton15,162
Lewisham30,498
Lambeth36,197
Kingston upon Thames13,225
Kensington and Chelsea24,294
Islington30,376
Hounslow27,896
Hillingdon28,583
Havering19,180
Harrow17,901
Haringey32,802
Hammersmith and Fulham23,359
Hackney34,482
Greenwich30,000
Enfield32,071
Ealing32,828
Croydon36,779
City8,268
Camden38,520
Bromley25,792
Brent31,706
Bexley18,308
Barnet31,892
Barking and Dagenham31,892

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.

Borough Name2019/202018/192017/182016/172015/162014/15
Westminster73,56971,03462,27554,11552,94752,599
Wandsworth27,24027,84127,72526,51625,12923,811
Waltham Forest25,93025,65624,70923,33123,43222,419
Tower Hamlets35,44836,27534,56533,02630,98329,077
Sutton14,85713,27213,08011,96611,89911,722
Southwark38,77838,86236,76035,29233,71132,379
Richmond upon Thames13,40613,70414,27212,42411,55411,428
Redbridge25,37925,30825,67122,12321,12421,641
Newham37,09038,65437,57133,89432,63631,321
Merton15,16214,88514,95814,33313,70612,983
Lewisham30,49828,24727,30326,72126,49123,670
Lambeth36,19737,58937,66237,94437,57135,263
Kingston upon Thames13,22513,45512,50211,30310,96410,477
Kensington and Chelsea24,29423,85323,45921,61421,13420,037
Islington30,37630,80034,52730,04630,63627,991
Hounslow27,89627,55427,06924,84023,62422,268
Hillingdon28,58327,25826,91624,71423,82923,549
Havering19,18020,19120,35819,00417,91316,542
Harrow17,90116,43115,22714,63214,10913,336
Haringey32,80233,53132,88030,69927,77125,492
Hammersmith and Fulham23,35924,02223,58022,41222,07521,338
Hackney34,48233,94834,02631,92829,44127,428
Greenwich30,00027,86527,24325,69023,46722,406
Enfield32,07130,56127,68425,21524,57224,121
Ealing32,82830,92030,57430,11529,05427,774
Croydon36,77933,54633,09932,74531,46130,511
City8,2688,2687,5836,2685,8916,598
Camden38,52038,69141,34632,82832,74430,378
Bromley25,79225,12524,74922,60422,82821,855
Brent31,70633,03932,41429,85627,96226,956
Bexley18,30816,93216,08214,53413,48313,194
Barnet31,89230,92629,29927,80026,66325,022
Barking and Dagenham21,18519,83620,22819,09518,71917,446

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
Westminster 40%
Wandsworth 14%
Waltham Forest 16%
Tower Hamlets 22%
Sutton 27%
Southwark 20%
Richmond upon Thames 17%
Redbridge 17%
Newham 18%
Merton 17%
Lewisham 29%
Lambeth 3%
Kingston upon Thames 26%
Kensington and Chelsea 21%
Islington 9%
Hounslow 25%
Hillingdon 21%
Havering 16%
Harrow 34%
Haringey 29%
Hammersmith and Fulham 9%
Hackney 26%
Greenwich 34%
Enfield 33%
Ealing 18%
Croydon 21%
City 25%
Camden 27%
Bromley 18%
Brent 18%
Bexley 39%
Barnet 27%
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
Burglary 86,520 87,042 83,730 74,821 76,224 80,861
Criminal Damage 60,577 62,803 68,253 69,447 68,581 64,679
Drugs 52,850 39,207 40,002 42,576 44,499 48,832
Robbery 43,524 36,233 34,831 25,048 23,398 23,866
Sexual Offences 21,856 22,097 21,545 19,045 17,343 15,478
Other Notifiable 12,211 18,702 18,019 18,275 16,481 14,830
Fraud and Forgery N/A 1,366 1,497 1,293 1,135 1,080

Knife crime

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
Barnet 383
Bexley 197
Brent 763
Bromley 325
Camden 600
Croydon 602
Ealing 475
Enfield 593
Greenwich 389
Hackney 578
Hammersmith & Fulham 235
Haringey 791
Harrow 221
Havering 350
Heathrow airport 2
Hillingdon 341
Hounslow 307
Islington 626
Kensington & Chelsea 259
Kingston upon Thames 93
Lambeth 732
Lewisham 561
Merton 187
Newham 783
Redbridge 424
Richmond upon Thames 126
Southwark 860
Sutton 202
Tower Hamlets 705
Waltham Forest 489
Wandsworth 398
Westminster 644

Moped crime

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.

6,700+

Reported moped crimes in 2019, compared to under 1,000 just 6 years ago.

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    RobNovember 9, 2018

    which has the higest chime rate Leytonstone or Chingford

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      JoshuaNovember 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Rob,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      While we don’t have the stats available on our page, a quick search on the Internet would give you the answer. Upon checking, Chingford has a higher crime rate compared to Leytonstone.

      You may also want to get in touch with the local police station to obtain a comprehensive crime rate report.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

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