London Crime Statistics

Discover the latest crime statistics in the UK’s capital city.

25 June 2018

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 910,000 crimes reported across London between Feb 2018-2019
  • Westminster have the highest crime count in London, with 71,034 reported crimes
  • Reported crime up 2.2% compared to this time last year
  • 34,700 knife crimes were reported across the UK in 2017, up 20% from 2016


Reported moped crimes in 2017, compared to under 1,000 just 5 years ago.

The latest facts and figures

Crime statistics by location

There were over 910,000 reported crimes across all the London boroughs between February 2018 and February 2019. Explore the graph below to see where the most crimes were reported.

Number of crimes by location in London boroughs

Borough NameCrime Count
Barking and Dagenham20,233
Hammersmith and Fulham23,904
Kensington and Chelsea23,572
Kingston upon Thames12,632
Richmond upon Thames14,284
Tower Hamlets35,127
Waltham Forest24,916

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 same time last year.

Reported crime as a whole has increased by over 5% across London Boroughs compared to this time last year. While some offences fell in numbers, most of them rose. The most notable rises were robbery, sexual offences, and burglary which rose; 28%, 11% and 11% respectively.

Offence TypeMay 2017-May 2018May 2016-May 2017Percentage change
Theft and Handling357,518338,0465.76%
Violence Against the Person274,717260,4985.46%
Criminal Damage67,35170,414-4.35%
Sexual Offences21,92619,67311.45%
Other Notifiable18,31518,463-0.80%
Fraud and Forgery1,4331,3803.84%

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 seven year high in 2017 with over 30,000 reported incidents.

  • 34,700 knife crimes were reported across the UK in 2017.
  • This is 20% higher than in 2016.
  • London accounted for 3 in 10 knife crimes nationally.
  • There were over 12,000 knife crimes reported in London in the 12 months leading up to March 2017.


More knife crimes across the UK in 2017 than in 2016.

Moped crime

In London moped crimes have rising in recent years, jumping from just 827 offences in 2012 to more than 23,000 in 2017.

  • There were 827 reported moped offences in 2012.
  • This increased to over 23,000 offences in 2017.
  • In 5 years the amount of moped crimes has increased by 30 times.
  • 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 2017, compared to under 1,000 just 5 years ago.

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    RobNovember 9, 2018

    which has the higest chime rate Leytonstone or Chingford

    • finder Customer Care
      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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