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Crime and Safety in Barnet

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Barnet is among the top 10 safest boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Barnet in 2021 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 29% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barnet is among the top 10 safest cities, and the 1,817th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Barnet had the worst crime rate in London for burglary, with 219 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Barnet residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 54 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Barnet recorded 466 reports of vehicle crime during May 2021, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for vehicle crime in London that month.

The most common crimes in Barnet are violence and sexual offences, with 8,321 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 7,677 offences and a difference of 1.63 from 2020's crime rate of 19. Barnet's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 126 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 13% from 2020's figure of 143 crimes.

Barnet 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Boroughs, London

29% lower, regional crime rate

London

14% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Barnet is 29% lower than London and 14% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Barnet Crime Rate Over Time

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Barnet Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Barnet represent the time frame between July 2019 and June 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Barnet

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20216726,555
20206826,806
20197630,086
20187027,830
20176525,849
20166324,866

Crime in Barnet Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Barnet This Year

 BarnetLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11,23128.37303,00033.85 19% safer
Bicycle Theft3260.8221,5362.41 194% safer
Burglary2,3225.8752,4145.85 0.34% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8024.5553,1985.94 31% safer
Drugs9712.4543,2274.83 97% safer
Other Crime3620.9110,2651.15 26% safer
Other Theft2,6396.6790,13710.07 51% safer
Possession of Weapons1260.325,0140.56 75% safer
Public Order2,1705.4861,3056.85 25% safer
Robbery6111.5422,5282.52 64% safer
Shoplifting1,3883.5133,6743.76 7% safer
Theft From the Person6461.6339,8094.45 173% safer
Vehicle Crime4,87112.3098,51711.00 11% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,32121.02244,97827.36 30% safer

Barnet Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton12,70461.579% safer
Kingston upon Thames10,99561.948% safer
Merton12,84162.178% safer
Havering16,74964.534.0% safer
Bromley22,19466.780.45% safer
Barnet26,55567.08-
Wandsworth24,77575.1511% more dangerous
Redbridge23,71877.7114% more dangerous
Waltham Forest21,88179.0015% more dangerous
Hillingdon24,34679.3415% more dangerous
Ealing27,93381.7218% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barnet

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Recent Crimes in Barnet

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Tempelhof AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Totteridge LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Whitefield AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Sutton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meadow CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near The GreenwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Banstock RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Granville RoadOffender given a caution
June 2022Other theftOn or near Bernhart CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near Highwood AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Petworth RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cowper RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Raven CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Tempelhof AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Edge Hill AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Barnet Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18213728 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.450.560.690.82 Getting worse
Burglary9976 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.854.84.6 Safer
Drugs1.61.92.72.4 Getting worse
Other Crime0.920.810.800.91 Getting worse
Other Theft10977 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.370.360.32 Safer
Public Order4.34.54.55 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.93.32.31.5 Safer
Shoplifting3.84.33.73.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.12.81.61.6 Safer
Vehicle Crime13151312 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18191921 Getting worse

Changes In Barnet's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Barnet's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Barnet that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Arden Playing Field-----10.45
Bethune Park-5-2241.0
Bethune Recreation Ground-2-1212.8
Brook Farm Open Space3----00.11
Chase Lodge Playing Fields41--3101.8
Clitterhouse Playing Fields--2-220.35
Colindale Park521-351465
Finchley Rugby Football Club----111.4
Friern Village Park4----61.8
Grange Playing Fields4----01.0
King George V Playing Fields--1-200.55
Lyttelton Playing Fields----281.0
Mill Hill Golf Club1----00.01
Mill Hill Golf Course1----00.02
Montrose Playing Fields1752-15124.8
New Southgate Recreation Ground1-1--10.52
Old Court House Recreation Ground11----57
St Mary Magdalen's Church-----36
Stoneyfields Park5-21134.0
Totteridge Cricket Club2---223.7

Comparing Barnet to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08-
Croydon82.4819% more dangerous
Sheffield91.1026% more dangerous
Bristol93.7728% more dangerous
Coventry102.3734% more dangerous
Leicester111.7540% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9048% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1751% more dangerous
Bradford145.6054% more dangerous
Leeds153.0656% more dangerous

Crime in Barnet's Neighbourhoods

Brent Cross & Staples Corner is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Barnet, followed by Edgware Central in second place, and Burnt Oak & Watling Park as the third most dangerous area. Barnet's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Oak Hill, Osidge, and West Finchley.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brent Cross & Staples Corner1,613230First
Brunswick Park Road5706416th
Burnt Oak & Watling Park1,259101Third
Childs Hill4696814th
Church End61080Seventh
Colindale1,1456913th
Colney Hatch6836219th
Copthall & Downage4974636th
Ducks Island & Underhill5215431st
East Finchley5995629th
Edgware Central1,049105Second
Edgware East6645727th
Edgware Park4854637th
Fallow Corner7246615th
Finchley Central5735826th
Friern Barnet7346417th
Golders Green North7426025th
Golders Green South916100Fourth
Grahame Park6997411th
Hadley Wood61974Tenth
Hampstead Garden Suburb5045233rd
Hendon Central1,07590Fifth
Hendon Park5206418th
High Barnet & Hadley6295728th
Mill Hill Broadway4605234th
Mill Hill East4675530th
Mill Hill Park57780Eighth
New Barnet Town & East Barnet81086Sixth
New Barnet West4246221st
North Cricklewood4816024th
North Finchley8456912th
North Hendon & Sunny Hill4686123rd
Oak Hill2083240th
Oakleigh Park4826122nd
Osidge2963839th
Temple Fortune6836220th
Totteridge & Barnet Gate4855232nd
West Finchley2372941st
West Hendon93178Ninth
Whetstone East4705035th
Woodside Park3563938th

Barnet Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourOak Hill (72)Burnt Oak & Watling Park (862)
Bicycle TheftWhetstone East (1)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (16)
BurglaryWoodside Park (28)Golders Green South (95)
Criminal Damage and ArsonOak Hill (9)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (81)
DrugsWest Finchley (3)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (84)
Other CrimeEast Finchley (3)Totteridge & Barnet Gate (21)
Other TheftWest Finchley (12)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (166)
Possession of WeaponsTemple Fortune (1)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (10)
Public OrderOak Hill (12)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (106)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Oak Hill (1)Golders Green South (37)
ShopliftingHendon Park (1)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (405)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Totteridge & Barnet Gate (1)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (126)
Vehicle CrimeColindale (119)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (195)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWest Finchley (66)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (318)

Crime in Barnet During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Barnet change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Barnet saw a 256% increase in bicycle theft. Barnet saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 84% compared to April in 2019. Rates of robbery and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Barnet's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+36%+242%+178%+84%+56%+43%+64%+47%+67%+71%
Bicycle Theft-41%+14%-19%+8%+7%+14%+65%+173%+256%+25%
Burglary-21%-55%-46%-42%-33%+6%-6%+8%-4%-39%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-18%-17%-22%+2%+36%-3%+6%-12%-2%
Drugs-14%+63%+202%+23%+46%+31%+17%+67%+61%+90%
Other Crime+16%+3%+27%-+5%-37%-20%-20%+6%+33%
Other Theft-30%-55%-51%-39%+6%-5%+12%-23%-11%-24%
Possession of Weapons+18%-18%-6%+18%+17%+100%-20%-30%+20%-18%
Public Order-32%-10%-8%+10%-1%+31%+48%-16%-9%+15%
Robbery+29%-48%-56%-39%-41%-4%-40%-46%-60%-61%
Shoplifting-24%-32%-39%-4%-14%-24%-17%+10%-21%-6%
Theft From the Person-42%-84%-83%-74%-46%-8%-48%-47%-64%-42%
Vehicle Crime-26%-58%-30%-37%-21%--11%+2%-20%-28%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-5%+4%-2%+6%+14%+4%+9%-3%+6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Barnet

What police force serves Barnet?
Barnet's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.

How dangerous is Barnet?
Barnet is among the top 10 safest boroughs in London.

What is Barnet's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Barnet are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Barnet?
Barnet's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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