Barnet Crime Overview

Barnet is among the top 10 safest cities in London, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barnet in 2020 was 68 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 20 safest cities, and the 1,557th 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. May 2020 was also a bad month for Barnet residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 101 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Barnet recorded 543 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 7,677 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 2.5% higher than 2019's figure of 7,486 offences and a difference of 0.48 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Barnet's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 143 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 2.1% from 2019's figure of 146 crimes.

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See how Barnet shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Barnet and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Barnet Compared To London

Summary of Crimes in Barnet This Year

 BarnetLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14,63336.96416,48646.5226% safer
Bicycle Theft2730.6924,3552.72294% safer
Burglary2,7717.0061,0906.822.6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,9104.8251,7285.7820% safer
Drugs1,0802.7352,7895.90116% safer
Other Crime3160.8010,3371.1544% safer
Other Theft2,8267.1484,2109.4132% safer
Possession of Weapons1430.366,0140.6786% safer
Public Order1,7994.5456,3686.3039% safer
Robbery9252.3427,5443.0832% safer
Shoplifting1,4473.6635,6593.989% safer
Theft From the Person6131.5535,1173.92153% safer
Vehicle Crime5,02612.70107,68712.035% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,67719.39229,97825.6932% safer

Barnet Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton12,87262.389% safer
Bexley15,59562.818% safer
Havering16,71764.415% safer
Merton13,45365.134.0% safer
Bromley21,68465.253.8% safer
Barnet26,80667.71-
Wandsworth24,28273.658% more dangerous
Redbridge22,87374.9410% more dangerous
Croydon32,18183.2219% more dangerous
Ealing28,57883.6119% more dangerous
Waltham Forest23,28184.0519% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barnet

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Barnet Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19182137Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.630.450.560.69Getting worse
Burglary9997Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.854.8Safer
Drugs1.71.61.92.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.610.920.810.80Getting worse
Other Theft101097Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.390.370.36Safer
Public Order4.24.34.54.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.61.93.32.3Getting worse
Shoplifting3.93.84.33.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.82.12.81.6Safer
Vehicle Crime10131513Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17181919Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.71-
Coventry77.4113% more dangerous
Croydon83.2219% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8121% more dangerous
Bristol86.2121% more dangerous
Leicester97.4431% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2837% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1051% 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 Colney Hatch 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 Corner1,774253First
Brunswick Park Road5936714th
Burnt Oak & Watling Park1,00481Eighth
Childs Hill4566617th
Church End5206812th
Colindale1,0906520th
Colney Hatch1,08399Third
Copthall & Downage5294933rd
Ducks Island & Underhill6196423rd
East Finchley5244934th
Edgware Central99899Second
Edgware East5694935th
Edgware Park4974736th
Fallow Corner7306615th
Finchley Central5275332nd
Friern Barnet7446521st
Golders Green North7025730th
Golders Green South88897Fourth
Grahame Park6396713th
Hadley Wood5857011th
Hampstead Garden Suburb5605828th
Hendon Central1,01084Sixth
Hendon Park4685729th
High Barnet & Hadley6986325th
Mill Hill Broadway3854338th
Mill Hill East5146127th
Mill Hill Park61585Fifth
New Barnet Town & East Barnet74879Ninth
New Barnet West4486618th
North Cricklewood5126422nd
North Finchley88272Tenth
North Hendon & Sunny Hill5076616th
Oak Hill2163340th
Oakleigh Park4836126th
Osidge2893739th
Temple Fortune7186619th
Totteridge & Barnet Gate5936424th
West Finchley2222741st
West Hendon99384Seventh
Whetstone East5205631st
Woodside Park4054537th

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 (106)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (590)
Bicycle TheftWhetstone East (1)Golders Green South (14)
BurglaryOak Hill (22)Golders Green South (95)
Criminal Damage and ArsonOak Hill (16)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (105)
DrugsWoodside Park (7)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (89)
Other CrimeOsidge (2)Childs Hill (17)
Other TheftWest Finchley (6)Colney Hatch (396)
Possession of WeaponsFinchley Central (1)Edgware Central (11)
Public OrderOsidge (7)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (140)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Mill Hill Broadway (3)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (53)
ShopliftingDucks Island & Underhill (1)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (397)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Osidge (1)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (144)
Vehicle CrimeColindale (118)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (270)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWest Finchley (55)Brent Cross & Staples Corner (329)

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 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: 07 May 2021