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London Crime Statistics
Discover the latest crime statistics in the UK’s capital city.
The latest facts and figures
Crime statistics by location
There were over 900,000 reported crimes across all the London boroughs between May 2017 and May 2018. Explore the graph below to see where the most crimes were reported.
Number of crimes by location in London boroughs
|Borough Name||Crime Count|
|Barking and Dagenham||20,233|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||23,904|
|Kensington and Chelsea||23,572|
|Kingston upon Thames||12,632|
|Richmond upon Thames||14,284|
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 Type||May 2017-May 2018||May 2016-May 2017||Percentage change|
|Theft and Handling||357,518||338,046||5.76%|
|Violence Against the Person||274,717||260,498||5.46%|
|Fraud and Forgery||1,433||1,380||3.84%|
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.
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.
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