Crime and Safety in Bexley

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Bexley is the third safest borough in London. The overall crime rate in Bexley in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 45% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bexley is among the top 10 safest cities, and the 2,203rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Bexley are violence and sexual offences, with 5,677 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 0.46% higher than 2020's figure of 5,651 offences and a difference of 0.10 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Bexley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 82 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 30% from 2020's figure of 107 crimes.

Bexley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Boroughs, London

44% lower, regional crime rate


22% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bexley is 44% lower than London and 22% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bexley Crime Rate Over Time

England, Wales & NI

Bexley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bexley 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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Crime in Bexley Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Bexley This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,52222.24303,00033.85 52% safer
Bicycle Theft1400.5621,5362.41 330% safer
Burglary7453.0052,4145.85 95% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4715.9253,1985.94 0.34% safer
Drugs8653.4843,2274.83 39% safer
Other Crime2811.1310,2651.15 1.8% safer
Other Theft1,3375.3890,13710.07 87% safer
Possession of Weapons820.335,0140.56 70% safer
Public Order1,2304.9561,3056.85 38% safer
Robbery1830.7422,5282.52 241% safer
Shoplifting7062.8433,6743.76 32% safer
Theft From the Person1680.6839,8094.45 554% safer
Vehicle Crime1,9958.0498,51711.00 37% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,67722.86244,97527.36 20% safer

Bexley Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Richmond upon Thames11,16856.406% safer
Harrow14,46057.574.1% safer
Sutton12,70461.572.7% more dangerous
Kingston upon Thames10,99561.943.2% more dangerous
Merton12,84162.173.6% more dangerous
Havering16,74964.537% more dangerous
Bromley22,19466.7810% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bexley

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Recent Crimes in Bexley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fraser RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Brides CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Coniston AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Athol RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near St Edmunds CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chalkstone CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clive AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Lensbury WayLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gable CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Hurst LaneOffender given penalty notice
March 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Sedgemere RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near East StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thamesbank PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Alsike RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bexley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour17173122 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.700.540.370.56 Safer
Burglary774.23.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6666 Safer
Drugs2. Getting worse
Other Crime0.760.870.951.1 Getting worse
Other Theft6655 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.520.430.33 Safer
Public Order3.94.755.0 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting4. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.860.470.68 Safer
Vehicle Crime1013108 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19222323 Getting worse

Changes In Bexley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bexley's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Belvedere Recreation Gorund North4-1--211
Danson Park133-1510.31
Erith Recreation Ground4-11253.5
Hurst Recreation Ground21---23.3
Lamorbey Park5----00.53
Longlands Recreation Ground----110.49
Northumberland Heath Recreation Ground--1--10.22
St Mary's Recreation Ground2----00.49
West Heath Recreation Ground-1---11.1

Comparing Bexley to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9350% safer
Birmingham49.6021% safer
Barnet67.0811% more dangerous
Croydon82.4827% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0333% more dangerous
Bristol90.5234% more dangerous
Leicester111.5946% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0651% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% more dangerous

Crime in Bexley's Neighbourhoods

Erith East is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bexley, followed by Bexleyheath Broadway in second place, and Crayford as the third most dangerous area. Bexley's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bostall, Bursted Wood, and Longlands & Halfway.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Albany Park2923723rd
Barnehurst North3384320th
Barnehurst South5116311th
Belvedere & Lessness Heath84881Sixth
Bexley Village3834818th
Bexleyheath Broadway1,145131Second
Bursted Wood2433027th
Crossway Park59166Ninth
Danson Park3963624th
Erith East1,138139First
Erith West3705413th
Foots Cray Meadows57785Fourth
Lesnes Abbey3033822nd
Lesney Farm & Colyers East56565Tenth
Longlands & Halfway2012628th
Northumberland Heath4525912th
Sidcup East4764817th
Sidcup West65769Eighth
Slade Green & Crayford Marshes1,07382Fifth
South Thamesmead76475Seventh
St Michael's3254021st
Wickham Street & East Wickham3345014th

Bexley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBostall (100)Erith East (359)
Bicycle TheftFalconwood (1)Crayford (21)
BurglaryDanson Park (12)Erith East (64)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBursted Wood (16)Erith East (98)
DrugsBursted Wood (7)Bexleyheath Broadway (106)
Other CrimeLonglands & Halfway (2)Lesney Farm & Colyers East (24)
Other TheftFalconwood (15)Erith East (157)
Possession of WeaponsWelling (1)Erith East (8)
Public OrderBursted Wood (12)Erith East (97)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Lesnes Abbey (1)Bexleyheath Broadway (26)
ShopliftingCrossway Park (1)Bexleyheath Broadway (171)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bostall (1)Bexleyheath Broadway (86)
Vehicle CrimeBarnehurst South (36)South Thamesmead (154)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLonglands & Halfway (71)Erith East (412)

Crime in Bexley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bexley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Bexley saw a 220% increase in anti-social behaviour. Bexley saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 87% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Bexley's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+26%+186%+220%+93%+20%+46%+43%+36%+113%+110%
Bicycle Theft-70%-64%+9%-38%-38%-69%+31%-38%-43%-40%
Criminal Damage and Arson+10%-43%-18%-39%-9%+18%+30%-9%-15%-7%
Other Crime-14%-12%+86%-5%+56%+73%+82%+14%+35%+5%
Other Theft-2%-43%-46%-15%-27%-13%+3%-27%-28%-14%
Possession of Weapons-67%-55%+36%-20%-27%+14%-25%+25%-46%+25%
Public Order+27%-12%-7%-1%+30%+44%+9%-7%+25%-19%
Theft From the Person-38%-87%-58%-12%-74%-20%-55%-60%-50%-31%
Vehicle Crime-8%-58%-45%-31%-37%-34%-41%-23%-16%-32%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-18%-6%-1%+22%+19%+9%-8%+9%+4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bexley

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

How dangerous is Bexley?
Bexley is the third safest borough in London.

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

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

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