Barnet Crime Overview

Barnet is among the top 10 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Barnet in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 29% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Barnet ranks as the the 35th safest city, and the the 1,567th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Barnet had the worst crime rate in London for burglary, with 301 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.76 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Barnet residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 137 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Barnet recorded 544 reports of vehicle crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst for vehicle crime in London that month.

The most common crimes in Barnet are violence and sexual offences, with 7,055 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 7,517 offences and a difference of 1.17 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Barnet's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 134 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 10% from 2019's figure of 147 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Barnet This Year

 BarnetLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13,63734.45386,65143.1425% safer
Bicycle Theft2530.6423,0182.57302% safer
Burglary2,5596.4656,3306.292.6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7554.4347,5635.3120% safer
Drugs9922.5149,0295.47118% safer
Other Crime2920.749,5341.0643% safer
Other Theft2,6086.5977,7838.6832% safer
Possession of Weapons1340.345,6020.6385% safer
Public Order1,6494.1752,2705.8340% safer
Robbery8742.2125,4802.8429% safer
Shoplifting1,3133.3232,9053.6711% safer
Theft From the Person5601.4131,8293.55152% safer
Vehicle Crime4,62611.6999,97811.164.5% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,05517.82211,94323.6533% safer

Barnet Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bexley14,43158.127% safer
Havering15,40559.355% safer
Bromley19,95960.063.8% safer
Merton12,48760.463.1% safer
Queen's Park91762.120.32% safer
Barnet24,67062.32-
Wandsworth22,35767.818% more dangerous
Redbridge21,04368.9410% more dangerous
Croydon29,84777.1819% more dangerous
Ealing26,43977.3519% more dangerous
Waltham Forest21,50577.6420% more dangerous

Barnet Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19182134Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.630.450.560.64Getting worse
Burglary9996Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.954.4Safer
Drugs1.71.61.92.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.610.920.820.74Safer
Other Theft101097Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.390.370.34Safer
Public Order4.24.34.54.2Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.61.93.22.2Safer
Shoplifting3.93.84.33.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.82.12.81.4Safer
Vehicle Crime10131512Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17181918Safer

Comparing Barnet to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet62.32-
Coventry71.5013% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9916% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2316% more dangerous
Croydon77.1819% more dangerous
Bradford79.1921% more dangerous
London80.7023% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0230% more dangerous
Bristol91.5732% more dangerous
Leeds91.9032% more dangerous
Leicester102.5139% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9441% more dangerous

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 May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of Barnet's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+35%+237%+176%+82%+55%+43%+64%+47%+68%
Bicycle Theft-41%+14%-19%+8%+11%+14%+65%+173%+256%
Burglary-20%-55%-46%-43%-34%+6%-6%+8%-4%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-18%-14%-23%+1%+32%-3%+4%-13%
Drugs-13%+62%+202%+24%+51%+28%+19%+70%+56%
Other Crime+12%-+27%-+5%-33%-23%-20%+6%
Other Theft-30%-55%-50%-39%+6%-4%+12%-24%-10%
Possession of Weapons+18%-22%-12%+18%+17%+100%-20%-36%+20%
Public Order-30%-10%-7%+11%+1%+32%+51%-16%-7%
Robbery+30%-49%-56%-41%-41%-4%-38%-46%-59%
Shoplifting-24%-34%-40%-4%-14%-24%-17%+10%-20%
Theft From the Person-43%-83%-83%-74%-46%-7%-48%-47%-65%
Vehicle Crime-25%-58%-31%-37%-21%-3%-11%+3%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-6%+4%-3%+6%+14%+5%+7%-3%

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 cities 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.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021