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Crime and Safety in Barking and Dagenham

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Barking and Dagenham is among the top 20 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Barking and Dagenham in 2021 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 0.07% higher 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 844th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Barking and Dagenham are violence and sexual offences, with 6,737 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 2.5% higher than 2020's figure of 6,568 offences and a difference of 0.79 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Barking and Dagenham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 143 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 20% from 2020's figure of 172 crimes.

Barking and Dagenham 2022 Crime Scorecard

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0.63% higher, regional crime rate

London

16% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Barking and Dagenham is 0.63% higher than London and 16% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Barking and Dagenham Crime Rate Over Time

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Barking and Dagenham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Barking and Dagenham represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Barking and Dagenham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20218718,483
20208718,441
20199019,067
20188618,234
20178618,232
20168016,936

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 Behaviour6,06028.46303,00033.85 19% safer
Bicycle Theft1910.9021,5362.41 168% safer
Burglary1,1525.4152,4145.85 8% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4366.7453,1985.94 12% more dangerous
Drugs1,3926.5443,2274.83 26% more dangerous
Other Crime2851.3410,2651.15 14% more dangerous
Other Theft1,7668.2990,13710.07 21% safer
Possession of Weapons1430.675,0140.56 16% more dangerous
Public Order1,3166.1861,3056.85 11% safer
Robbery5582.6222,5282.52 3.8% more dangerous
Shoplifting7173.3733,6743.76 12% safer
Theft From the Person4982.3439,8094.45 90% safer
Vehicle Crime2,29210.7798,51711.00 2.1% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,73731.64244,97527.36 14% more dangerous

Barking and Dagenham Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brent27,08082.126% safer
Croydon31,89482.485% safer
Hounslow22,55583.074.5% safer
Enfield28,41585.132.0% safer
Lewisham26,12885.431.6% safer
Barking and Dagenham18,48386.81-
Greenwich25,03786.950.16% more dangerous
Newham32,82892.967% more dangerous
Lambeth31,36296.1910% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets31,62197.3711% more dangerous
Southwark31,37998.4212% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barking and Dagenham

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Recent Crimes in Barking and Dagenham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Creek RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Whalebone Lane NorthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Devon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near BurnsideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Berryman CloseLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Greenfield GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Alleyndale RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Bosworth RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Eaton GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near East EntranceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Petrol StationOffender given a caution
March 2022DrugsOn or near Pedestrian SubwayLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Ann'SInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Baden Powell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hedgemans RoadLocal resolution
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Barking and Dagenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21234028 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.01.00.930.90 Safer
Burglary8765 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7767 Safer
Drugs3.94.977 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.21.41.3 Getting worse
Other Theft9988 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.830.660.810.67 Safer
Public Order4.6566 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.84.93.42.6 Safer
Shoplifting3.83.53.63.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.33.12.52.3 Safer
Vehicle Crime12121111 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28303132 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93117% safer
Birmingham49.6075% safer
Barnet67.0829% safer
Croydon82.485% safer
Barking and Dagenham86.81-
Sheffield90.033.6% more dangerous
Bristol90.524.1% more dangerous
Leicester111.5922% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0629% more dangerous
Bradford132.2834% more dangerous
Leeds150.9442% 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 Goresbrook & Scrattons Farm as the third most dangerous area. Barking and Dagenham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Dagenham North, Eastbrookend, and Longbridge & Barking Park.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barking Central2,337233First
Barking East81388Eighth
Becontree East8416617th
Becontree Heath6686419th
Becontree North7987215th
Becontree South6907713th
Becontree West7646518th
Central Park & Frizlands Lane99699Fourth
Chadwell Heath East99389Seventh
Creekmouth & Barking Riverside9317016th
Dagenham Central86887Ninth
Dagenham Eastbrook60787Tenth
Dagenham North5405921st
Eastbrookend3274922nd
Gascoigne Estate & Roding Riverside851104Second
Goresbrook & Scrattons Farm945103Third
Longbridge & Barking Park7036220th
Marks Gate6638611th
Mayesbrook Park & Rippleside7818112th
Old Dagenham Park & Village79998Fifth
Rylands Estate & Dagenham Dock86997Sixth
Thames View6157714th

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 BehaviourEastbrookend (87)Barking Central (660)
Bicycle TheftEastbrookend (1)Barking Central (24)
BurglaryEastbrookend (17)Rylands Estate & Dagenham Dock (68)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLongbridge & Barking Park (42)Barking Central (129)
DrugsBecontree Heath (25)Barking Central (272)
Other CrimeEastbrookend (2)Goresbrook & Scrattons Farm (19)
Other TheftEastbrookend (24)Barking Central (298)
Possession of WeaponsDagenham North (1)Barking Central (23)
Public OrderDagenham North (18)Barking Central (176)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Eastbrookend (3)Barking Central (107)
ShopliftingCreekmouth & Barking Riverside (3)Barking Central (261)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Eastbrookend (1)Barking Central (203)
Vehicle CrimeEastbrookend (38)Goresbrook & Scrattons Farm (169)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLongbridge & Barking Park (244)Barking Central (628)

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%+173%+61%+34%+43%+71%+48%+90%+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 boroughs 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.

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