Barking and Dagenham Crime Overview

Barking and Dagenham is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barking and Dagenham in 2020 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 0.96% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barking and Dagenham is the 27th most dangerous city, and the 787th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Barking and Dagenham are violence and sexual offences, with 6,568 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 2.6% higher than 2019's figure of 6,400 offences and a difference of 0.79 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Barking and Dagenham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 172 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 19% from 2019's figure of 140 crimes.

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Crime in Barking and Dagenham Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Barking and Dagenham This Year

 Barking and DagenhamLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8,44939.68416,48646.5217% safer
Bicycle Theft1980.9324,3552.72192% safer
Burglary1,2085.6761,0906.8220% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,3246.2251,7285.787% more dangerous
Drugs1,5117.1052,7895.9017% more dangerous
Other Crime3071.4410,3371.1520% more dangerous
Other Theft1,6567.7884,2109.4121% safer
Possession of Weapons1720.816,0140.6717% more dangerous
Public Order1,1865.5756,3686.3013% safer
Robbery7213.3927,5443.089% more dangerous
Shoplifting7773.6535,6593.989% safer
Theft From the Person5362.5235,1173.9256% safer
Vehicle Crime2,27710.69107,68712.0313% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,56830.85229,97825.6917% more dangerous

Barking and Dagenham Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hillingdon25,81384.123.0% safer
Enfield28,26084.662.3% safer
Brent27,93284.702.3% safer
Greenwich24,72185.850.90% safer
Hounslow23,38586.130.57% safer
Barking and Dagenham18,44186.62-
Lewisham26,97888.211.8% more dangerous
Lambeth30,39593.237% more dangerous
Newham33,02993.537% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets30,74094.668% more dangerous
Southwark31,82299.8113% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barking and Dagenham

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Recent Crimes in Barking and Dagenham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vicarage DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Perry RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Georges RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wykeham AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Chantress CloseLocal resolution
August 2021DrugsOn or near Chantress CloseOffender given a caution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chantress CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Rams GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brooking CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Barnmead RoadLocal resolution
August 2021Other theftOn or near Downing RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lambley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Faircross AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Faircross AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Wood LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Chelmer CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Barking and Dagenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25212340Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.01.00.93Safer
Burglary7876Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8776Safer
Drugs3.23.94.97Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.21.21.4Getting worse
Other Theft9998Safer
Possession of Weapons0.650.830.660.81Getting worse
Public Order4.84.656Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)4.03.84.93.4Safer
Shoplifting4.23.83.53.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.02.33.12.5Getting worse
Vehicle Crime13121211Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27283031Getting worse

Changes In Barking and Dagenham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Barking and Dagenham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Barking and Dagenham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Dagenham Old Park1---110.14
Mayesbrook Park374-2461.2
Parsloes Park23--1-00.41
Pondfield Recreation Ground----110.75
Valence Park274---23.3

Comparing Barking and Dagenham to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7128% safer
Coventry77.4112% safer
Croydon83.224.1% safer
Sheffield85.810.94% safer
Bristol86.210.48% safer
Barking and Dagenham86.62-
Leicester97.4411% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8716% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2819% more dangerous
Bradford133.0235% more dangerous
Leeds137.1037% more dangerous

Crime in Barking and Dagenham's Neighbourhoods

Barking Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Barking and Dagenham, followed by Gascoigne Estate & Roding Riverside in second place, and Old Dagenham Park & Village as the third most dangerous area. Barking and Dagenham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Becontree East, Dagenham North, and Eastbrookend.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barking Central2,427242First
Barking East7508111th
Becontree East7265720th
Becontree Heath6466219th
Becontree North7676917th
Becontree South6777614th
Becontree West8527216th
Central Park & Frizlands Lane1,000100Fourth
Chadwell Heath East96987Eighth
Creekmouth & Barking Riverside1,0087515th
Dagenham Central90090Sixth
Dagenham Eastbrook56681Tenth
Dagenham North4875321st
Eastbrookend3154722nd
Gascoigne Estate & Roding Riverside938115Second
Goresbrook & Scrattons Farm88296Fifth
Longbridge & Barking Park7106318th
Marks Gate6238112th
Mayesbrook Park & Rippleside85989Seventh
Old Dagenham Park & Village899110Third
Rylands Estate & Dagenham Dock73983Ninth
Thames View6418013th

Barking and Dagenham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Barking and Dagenham for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDagenham North (169)Barking Central (815)
Bicycle TheftLongbridge & Barking Park (2)Goresbrook & Scrattons Farm (27)
BurglaryEastbrookend (18)Marks Gate (60)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEastbrookend (23)Barking Central (133)
DrugsBecontree East (24)Barking Central (305)
Other CrimeBecontree Heath (8)Barking Central (26)
Other TheftBecontree East (33)Barking Central (253)
Possession of WeaponsBecontree North (3)Barking Central (31)
Public OrderDagenham North (27)Barking Central (165)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Eastbrookend (9)Barking Central (143)
ShopliftingBarking East (2)Barking Central (293)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Becontree East (4)Barking Central (232)
Vehicle CrimeDagenham North (55)Goresbrook & Scrattons Farm (166)
Violence and Sexual OffencesEastbrookend (122)Barking Central (619)

Crime in Barking and Dagenham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Barking and Dagenham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Barking and Dagenham saw a 277% increase in anti-social behaviour. Barking and Dagenham saw a large fall in bicycle theft during December, when it fell by 69% compared to December in 2019. Rates of burglary and robbery both fell year-on-year for every month during Barking and Dagenham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+33%+277%+174%+62%+33%+43%+71%+48%+89%+69%
Bicycle Theft-38%-38%-42%+65%+33%+31%+48%+23%-7%-69%
Burglary-2%-32%-58%-34%+4%-13%-21%-30%-24%-28%
Criminal Damage and Arson-15%-29%-36%+6%-2%+4%+10%+12%--8%
Drugs-15%+48%+129%+92%+33%+16%+14%+57%+45%+23%
Other Crime-12%+27%-29%+46%+93%-7%+29%+5%+43%+61%
Other Theft-18%-42%-32%-31%-2%+25%+13%-11%-28%-15%
Possession of Weapons-56%-8%-35%+217%+100%-17%+29%+78%+100%+180%
Public Order-2%-26%-19%-5%-5%+48%+31%-11%+67%-28%
Robbery-8%-68%-67%-52%-38%-35%-20%-27%--18%
Shoplifting+76%-34%-9%-19%-3%+18%+6%-43%+74%+2%
Theft From the Person+25%-59%-59%-20%-27%-38%-5%-4%+4%-31%
Vehicle Crime+4%-36%-25%-25%-12%-3%+13%-+1%-21%
Violence and Sexual Offences+21%-12%-4%+3%-+25%+5%-4%+7%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Barking and Dagenham

What police force serves Barking and Dagenham?
Barking and Dagenham's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Barking and Dagenham?
Barking and Dagenham is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London.
What is Barking and Dagenham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Barking and Dagenham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Barking and Dagenham?
Barking and Dagenham's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021