Most Dangerous Boroughs in London

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A recent article caught our eye on LINKEDIN regarding the Most Dangerous Boroughs in London! So how dangerous is London? We wanted to check this out and share it with our community to demonstrate a number of points:

Boroughs of London

Firstly this sort of data helps us all to manage risk and put risk into perspective when it comes from a prime source such as the Metropolitan Police. Their dashboard for transparency and insight into crime into London dangerous is a tool which is needed to be able to put violence into context

Secondly, the data helps us plan operations and be aware of where we can expect to find public order offences, violence against the person, and possession of a weapon.

By analyzing the dashboard of offences, timeline and sub-offences we are able to analyze beyond the headline. Our concern is always about the safety of anyone affected by our day to day operations – and in most dangerous areas in London, we are enforcing court orders to recover money and recover land. Both require the skill of enforcement agents to balance the competing interests of the parties.

The party against who the Court is enforcing its Order can be upset and agitated over the consequences of enforcement action. This can become a trigger point for violence and over the years we have managed various situations – unarmed – and without police back up to ensure the Court’s Order is enforced.

We have never accepted there are NO GO areas in any of the 105 postcodes we operate in – instead we use enforcement agents who are experienced and adept at handling situations that are risky – although that risk has to be put into a context which is why the Met’s data is so useful.

London crime mapped: Map of London Boroughs

London does have a higher crime rate, as it is the popular capital city.

Although the crime rate in London has been growing, it is still comparably a safe city. According to the Economists Safe Cities Index, London is the fourteenth safest city in the world.

Which London borough has the most stabbings?

The two London Boroughs with the highest rate of gun and knife crime are Southwark and Lambeth. Other London Boroughs with high gun and knife crime rates include Brent, Haringey and Hackney.

Top 20 Most Dangerous Boroughs in London

The force reported that between January and December 2020 there were 790,123 crimes reported.

In 2019 the total London crime figure attained at 921,211.

In 2020, London violence was the most prevailing crime with 220,265 reports filed by police and the second was robbery with 173,491 crimes.

In 2019 robbery was the highest with 253,469 crimes registered and 222,048 cases of violence against a person.

What is the Most Dangerous Borough in London?

Westminster saw the highest numbers of crime in 2020 with 81,091 instances recorded by police, 321.4 crimes per 1,000 people. The borough of Westminster portrays the heart of the city and all things representing London. With some of the attractive Britain heritage like of Britain’s most iconic landmarks; the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abby and Buckingham Palace etc. Westminster is the most dangerous borough of London for the 4th consecutive year. It is a popular area for tourists. Unfortunately, tourists are usually targeted by thieves and pickpockets, and the majority of crimes (52%) committed in Westminster last year were incidents of theft.

The second highest was Croydon (33,266 crimes) and third was Newham (33,233).

When the population of a borough is considered the borough with the highest rate of crime per person remains Westminster with 192.8 crimes for every 1,000 people, second highest is Kensington and Chelsea ((112.7 per 1,000 people) and third Camden (117 per 1,000 people).

Most Dangerous Areas In London

Common among the vulnerable areas that are the most dangerous are popular with tourists or densely populated. According to Churchill Security, the most dangerous areas in London are:

London's most violent areas you could be living in:

  1. Westminster – Crime rate of 321.4 crimes per 1,000 people

  2. Camden – Crime rate of 154.2 crimes per 1,000 people

  3. Kensington and Chelsea – Crime rate 153.9 crimes per 1,000 people

  4. Hammersmith and Fulham – Crime rate 129.2 crimes per 1,000 people

  5. Islington – Crime rate of 125.6 crimes per 1,000 people

London boroughs by crime rate

20. Kensington and Chelsea - 129.9 crimes for every 1,000 people

19. Wandsworth - 67.7 crimes for every 1,000 people]

18. Hounslow - 79.7 crimes for every 1,000 people

17. Hillingdon - 72.4 crimes for every 1,000 people

16. Greenwich - 84 crimes for every 1,000 people

15. Lewisham - 78.2 crimes for every 1,000 people

14. Enfield - 73.7 crimes for every 1,000 people

13. Islington - 105.5 crimes for every 1,000 people

12. Brent - 75.2 crimes for every 1,000 people

11. Barnet - 65.2 crimes for every 1,000 people

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Boroughs in London (for 2020)

The most dangerous boroughs to live in London according to police statistics

Westminster marked the highest figures if crime in 2020 with 81.091 cases reported by police, the second highest was Camden (38,952 crimes)

Crime numbers in each borough:

When the people of a borough is examined the borough with the highest rate of crime per person continues Westminster with 321.4 crimes for every 1,000 people, the second-highest in Camden (154.2 per 1,000 people) and third Kensington and Chelsea (153.9 per 1,000 people).

The figure of slaughter in London surpassed 100 for a sixth continuous year in 2020.

99 of those crime and killing investigations have been launched by the Met, while British Transport Police has registered two.

10. Greenwich (Total Number of Crimes: 28,501; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 99.7)

9. Lambeth (Total Number of Crimes: 35,961; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 107.7)

8. Tower Hamlets (Total Number of Crimes: 34,785; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 110.0)

7. Haringey (Total Number of Crimes: 32,300; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 113.2)

6. Hackney (Total Number of Crimes: 34,364; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 122.3)

5. Islington (Total Number of Crimes: 29,839; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 125.6)

4. Hammersmith and Fulham (Total Number of Crimes: 23,721; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 129.2)

3. Kensington and Chelsea (Total Number of Crimes: 24,436; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 153.9)

2. Camden (Total Number of Crimes: 38,952; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 154.2)

1. Westminster (Total Number of Crimes: 81,091; Crime Rate per 1,000 People: 321.4)

How Safe Is London?

London is considered a safe city. Although certain areas should be avoided, London is as safe as other popular European cities. Even for women, the risk is low.

Safest Areas In London

According to Movebubble, the safest areas in London are:

  1. Richmond – Crime rate of 54 crimes per 1,000 people

  2. Bexley – Crime rate of 56 per 1,000 people

  3. Kingston-upon-Thames – Crime rate of 57 crimes per 1,000 people

  4. Sutton – Crime rate of 57 crimes per 1,000 people

  5. Harrow – Crime rate of 63 crimes per 1,000 people

Smallest Borough in London

Kensington & Chelsea is the smallest borough in London also the second smallest district in England. It is one of the most populated areas in the United Kingdom. Kensington & Chelsea has just 156,129 residents with total density of 33,000/sq mi (13,000/km2).

Poorest Borough in London

The boroughs with the highest number of people residing in poverty are Tower Hamlets (39%), Newham (37%) and Hackney (36%).

Biggest Borough in London

The London Borough of Bromley is the southeasternmost of the 32 London boroughs in Greater London, bordering the county of Kent, is the Biggest Borough of London. The borough's population is an estimated 332,336.


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