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How to find out about crime rates in London

How to find out about crime rates in London

Moving to another country is a step into the unknown, exposing you to excitement and uncertainty in equal measure – especially when heading to a big city like London. To truly relax into your new life in the UK capital, you’ll want to know that you and your family will be safe.

The days of leaving your front door unlocked might be long gone, but you’ll be pleased to hear London is one of the safest major metropolises around. According to recent research that considered factors like hate expressed towards minority groups, safety for women, violent crime, and transportation, it was ranked the eighth safest city in the world.

If you’re looking for a more official and localised gauge of community safety, local crime rates drill into the finer details. So, what are they and where can you find out about them?

What are crime rates?

Crime rates refer to the number of reported criminal incidents occurring within a specified area and period, typically expressed per 1,000 or 100,000 individuals. They are used to measure the frequency and types of crimes in different regions, helping to identify trends, inform public policy and develop community safety initiatives.

They are influenced by factors like socio-economic conditions, policing practices, population density, and cultural norms, some of which vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. They are typically monitored and reported by law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and independent organisations.

These vital statistics can be broken down into various categories and sub-categories, including: violent crimes (homicide, assault, robbery), property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft), and public order crimes (vandalism, disorderly conduct, drug offences).

Where to look

You can find detailed and current crime rate statistics for London using these reliable sources:

  • provides comprehensive statistics for Greater London, detailing the crime rate per 1,000 people, types of crimes, and specific data for different boroughs. For instance, in 2023, London had an overall crime rate of 105 crimes per 1,000 people.
  • Office for National Statistics (ONS) offers detailed reports on crime in England and Wales, including London. The data covers various crime types, trends, and detailed breakdowns by geographical areas. The ONS also provides historical data and context for changes in crime rates over time​.
  • provides charts that compare crime rates in London boroughs and their change over time.

Make the most of the statistics these resources offer by taking the time to understand their true impact. For example, by differentiating between crime categories and sub-categories, you will recognise that a high rate of one doesn’t necessarily imply a dangerous area overall.

And remember, low crime rates aren’t the only thing that will keep you safe when deciding where to live in London. It’s crucial to combine these statistics with practical wisdom, like speaking with current residents – online or in person – who can provide a realistic perspective on community safety. Not to mention applying common sense when you arrive, like not using your mobile phone in public after dark.

Consult with Simply London

Simply London can augment these statistics by providing insightful knowledge about London Boroughs, including schools, property and local amenities. Empowered by this in-depth understanding of different neighbourhoods, you can make informed decisions about the areas that tick all your boxes.

Check out the Simply London Knowledge Base where you will find lots of free articles on the subject of moving to London, including some fantastic insight into many London neighbourhoods.


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