London Crime Statistics

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

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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 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

23,000+

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:

Year Crime rate per 1,000 population
2014/15 84.43
2015/16 88.56
2016/17 91.89
2017/18 99.31
2018/19 101.5

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
Westminster71,034
Wandsworth27,841
Waltham Forest25,656
Tower Hamlets36,275
Sutton13,272
Southwark38,862
Richmond upon Thames13,704
Redbridge25,308
Newham38,654
Merton14,885
Lewisham28,247
Lambeth37,589
Kingston upon Thames13,455
Kensington and Chelsea23,853
Islington30,800
Hounslow27,554
Hillingdon27,258
Havering20,191
Harrow16,431
Haringey33,531
Hammersmith and Fulham24,022
Hackney33,948
Greenwich27,865
Enfield30,561
Ealing30,920
Croydon33,546
City8,268
Camden38,691
Bromley25,125
Brent33,039
Bexley16,932
Barnet30,926
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
Westminster71,03462,27554,11552,94752,599
Wandsworth27,84127,72526,51625,12923,811
Waltham Forest25,65624,70923,33123,43222,419
Tower Hamlets36,27534,56533,02630,98329,077
Sutton13,27213,08011,96611,89911,722
Southwark38,86236,76035,29233,71132,379
Richmond upon Thames13,70414,27212,42411,55411,428
Redbridge25,30825,67122,12321,12421,641
Newham38,65437,57133,89432,63631,321
Merton14,88514,95814,33313,70612,983
Lewisham28,24727,30326,72126,49123,670
Lambeth37,58937,66237,94437,57135,263
Kingston upon Thames13,45512,50211,30310,96410,477
Kensington and Chelsea23,85323,45921,61421,13420,037
Islington30,80034,52730,04630,63627,991
Hounslow27,55427,06924,84023,62422,268
Hillingdon27,25826,91624,71423,82923,549
Havering20,19120,35819,00417,91316,542
Harrow16,43115,22714,63214,10913,336
Haringey33,53132,88030,69927,77125,492
Hammersmith and Fulham24,02223,58022,41222,07521,338
Hackney33,94834,02631,92829,44127,428
Greenwich27,86527,24325,69023,46722,406
Enfield30,56127,68425,21524,57224,121
Ealing30,92030,57430,11529,05427,774
Croydon33,54633,09932,74531,46130,511
City8,2687,5836,2685,8916,598
Camden38,69141,34632,82832,74430,378
Bromley25,12524,74922,60422,82821,855
Brent33,03932,41429,85627,96226,956
Bexley16,93216,08214,53413,48313,194
Barnet30,92629,29927,80026,66325,022
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%).

Area Increase over 5 years
Westminster 35%
Wandsworth 17%
Waltham Forest 14%
Tower Hamlets 25%
Sutton 13%
Southwark 20%
Richmond upon Thames 20%
Redbridge 17%
Newham 23%
Merton 15%
Lewisham 19%
Lambeth 7%
Kingston upon Thames 28%
Kensington and Chelsea 19%
Islington 10%
Hounslow 24%
Hillingdon 16%
Havering 22%
Harrow 23%
Haringey 32%
Hammersmith and Fulham 13%
Hackney 24%
Greenwich 24%
Enfield 27%
Ealing 11%
Croydon 10%
City 9%
Camden 27%
Bromley 15%
Brent 23%
Bexley 28%
Barnet 24%
Barking and Dagenham 14%

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.

23,000+

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.

      Have a wonderful day!

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