Barking and Dagenham Crime Overview

Barking and Dagenham is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Barking and Dagenham in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 0.95% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Barking and Dagenham ranks as the the 31st most dangerous city, and the the 792nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Barking and Dagenham are violence and sexual offences, with 6,064 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 6,400 offences and a difference of 1.58 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Barking and Dagenham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 158 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 11% from 2019's figure of 140 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Barking and Dagenham This Year

 Barking and DagenhamLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,81336.70386,65143.1418% safer
Bicycle Theft1940.9123,0182.57182% safer
Burglary1,0955.1456,3306.2922% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,2135.7047,5635.317% more dangerous
Drugs1,4116.6349,0295.4717% more dangerous
Other Crime2781.319,5341.0619% more dangerous
Other Theft1,5167.1277,7838.6822% safer
Possession of Weapons1580.745,6020.6315% more dangerous
Public Order1,1135.2352,2705.8311% safer
Robbery6743.1725,4802.8410% more dangerous
Shoplifting7203.3832,9053.679% safer
Theft From the Person4872.2931,8293.5555% safer
Vehicle Crime2,0979.8599,97811.1613% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,06428.48211,94323.6517% more dangerous

Barking and Dagenham Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Waltham Forest21,50577.643.0% safer
Brent25,66477.822.7% safer
Enfield26,03277.992.5% safer
Hillingdon24,01478.252.2% safer
Greenwich22,95179.710.29% safer
Barking and Dagenham17,02079.94-
Hounslow21,72980.030.11% more dangerous
Lewisham24,81981.151.5% more dangerous
Newham30,15485.396% more dangerous
Lambeth28,01585.937% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets28,51487.809% more dangerous

Barking and Dagenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25212337Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.01.00.91Safer
Burglary7875Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8776Safer
Drugs3.23.94.97Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.21.21.3Getting worse
Other Theft9997Safer
Possession of Weapons0.650.830.660.74Getting worse
Public Order4.84.655Getting worse
Robbery4.03.84.93.2Safer
Shoplifting4.23.83.53.4Safer
Theft From the Person2.02.33.12.3Safer
Vehicle Crime13121210Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27283028Getting worse

Comparing Barking and Dagenham to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5012% safer
Sheffield73.998% safer
Kirklees74.238% safer
Croydon77.183.6% safer
Bradford79.190.95% safer
Barking and Dagenham79.94-
London80.700.94% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0210% more dangerous
Bristol91.5713% more dangerous
Leeds91.9013% more dangerous
Leicester102.5122% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9425% more dangerous

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: 18 Feb 2021