London Crime Statistics

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

Matthew Boyle

by , Mortgages & Utilities Publisher

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 February 2018-2019
  • Westminster have the highest crime count in London, with 71,034 reported crimes
  • Reported crime up just 2.2% compared to this time last year, but is up 20% from 2014/15
  • Crime Rate (per 1000 population) up from 99 to 102 compared to this time last year
  • 41,000 knife crimes were reported across the UK in year ending March 2018


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

The latest facts and figures

London crime rate

There were over 910,000 reported crimes across all the London boroughs between February 2018 and February 2019. This is an increase of around 20,000 crimes to the previous year and a rise of 150,000 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 five years below:

Crime statistics by location

The levels of crime across London varies. Explore the graph below to see where the most crimes were reported.

Number of crimes by location in London boroughs

Borough NameCrime count
Waltham Forest25,656
Tower Hamlets36,275
Richmond upon Thames13,704
Kingston upon Thames13,455
Kensington and Chelsea23,853
Hammersmith and Fulham24,022
Barking and Dagenham19,836

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 five years.

Borough Name2018/192017/182016/172015/162014/15
Waltham Forest25,65624,70923,33123,43222,419
Tower Hamlets36,27534,56533,02630,98329,077
Richmond upon Thames13,70414,27212,42411,55411,428
Kingston upon Thames13,45512,50211,30310,96410,477
Kensington and Chelsea23,85323,45921,61421,13420,037
Hammersmith and Fulham24,02223,58022,41222,07521,338
Barking and Dagenham19,83620,22819,09518,71917,446

Crime count percentage change over the last five years.

Reported crime as a whole has increased by over 20% across London Boroughs over the last five years, from a crime count of 760,00 in February 2014/15 to a total of 913,000 in February 2018/19.

The area with the highest rise in crime is Westminster, with an increase of 35% in the last five years, followed by Haringey (32%), Kingston upon Thames (28%) and Bexley (28%). The lowest increases in crime came from Lambeth (7%), Croydon (10%) and Islington (10%).

Changes in types of crime

While some offences fell in numbers, most of them rose. The most notable increases over the last year were robbery, burglary, and violence which each rose 4%. This is a dramatic slowdown in increases from the previous year (2017/18) where categories of crime, such as robbery increased as much as 39%.

Over the last five years, the categories of crime which have seen the biggest increases have been robberies (52%), sexual offences (43%) and violence (36%). However, there have also been categories of crime which have decreased, such as drugs (-20%) and criminal damage (-3%).

Crime Type Feb 2018 - Feb 2019 Feb 2017 - Feb 2018 Feb 2016 - Feb 2017 Feb 2015 - Feb 2016 Feb 2014 - Feb 2015
Theft and Handling 365,615 356,649 323,084 308,223 303,742
Violence Against the Person 280,331 269,165 253,307 241,031 206,388
Burglary 87,042 83,730 74,821 76,224 80,861
Criminal Damage 62,803 68,253 69,447 68,581 64,679
Drugs 39,207 40,002 42,576 44,499 48,832
Robbery 36,233 34,831 25,048 23,398 23,866
Sexual Offences 22,097 21,545 19,045 17,343 15,478
Other Notifiable 18,702 18,019 18,275 16,481 14,830
Fraud and Forgery 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 eight year high in 2018 with over 40,000 reported incidents.

  • 41,000 knife crimes were reported across the UK in the year ending March 2018 .
  • This is 16% higher than in 2017.

London Knife crimes

  • London accounted for 36% of knife crimes nationally.

The number of knife crimes peaked in 2011/12 with over 14,000 incidents. This number fell from here down to a recent low of 9,700 in 2014/15.

Since then, knife crime in the capital has been on the rise, reaching 14,700 in 2017/18 – the highest levels in over 10 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 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

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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.

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