Bexley Crime Overview

Bexley is among the top 5 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Bexley in 2020 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 39% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Bexley ranks as the the 29th safest city, and the the 1,866th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Bexley are violence and sexual offences, with 5,162 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 5,497 offences and a difference of 1.35 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Bexley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 88 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 52% from 2019's figure of 134 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bexley This Year

 BexleyLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,12128.68386,65143.1450% safer
Bicycle Theft880.3523,0182.57634% safer
Burglary9863.9756,3306.2958% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,3415.4047,5635.311.7% more dangerous
Drugs7473.0149,0295.4782% safer
Other Crime2140.869,5341.0623% safer
Other Theft1,1854.7777,7838.6882% safer
Possession of Weapons970.395,6020.6362% safer
Public Order1,2264.9452,2705.8318% safer
Robbery2991.2025,4802.84137% safer
Shoplifting7432.9932,9053.6723% safer
Theft From the Person1050.4231,8293.55745% safer
Vehicle Crime2,2389.0199,97811.1624% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,16220.79211,94323.6514% safer

Bexley Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrow13,89555.325% safer
Kingston upon Thames9,96356.133.5% safer
Richmond upon Thames11,40857.610.89% safer
Sutton11,94557.890.40% safer
Bexley14,43158.12-
Havering15,40559.352.1% more dangerous
Bromley19,95960.063.2% more dangerous
Merton12,48760.463.9% more dangerous
Queen's Park91762.126% more dangerous
Barnet24,67062.327% more dangerous

Bexley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19171729Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.610.700.540.35Safer
Burglary5774.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7665Safer
Drugs1.72.22.73.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.780.760.870.86Getting worse
Other Theft6664.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.360.520.39Safer
Public Order3.83.94.74.9Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.31.51.2Safer
Shoplifting4.44.13.63.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.780.750.860.42Safer
Vehicle Crime810139Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18192221Getting worse

Comparing Bexley to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Bexley58.12-
Coventry71.5019% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9921% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2322% more dangerous
Croydon77.1825% more dangerous
Bradford79.1927% more dangerous
London80.7028% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0235% more dangerous
Bristol91.5737% more dangerous
Leeds91.9037% more dangerous
Leicester102.5143% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9445% more dangerous

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 219% 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. Bexley saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, theft from the person, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+26%+186%+219%+93%+20%+46%+43%+36%+113%
Bicycle Theft-70%-64%+9%-38%-38%-69%+31%-38%-43%
Burglary-40%-68%-63%-56%-28%-39%-19%-62%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%-43%-18%-38%-9%+19%+30%-9%-14%
Drugs-16%+80%+63%+7%+27%+16%-20%+39%+30%
Other Crime-14%-12%+86%-5%+56%+73%+82%+14%+35%
Other Theft-2%-43%-46%-15%-27%-13%+3%-27%-28%
Possession of Weapons-67%-55%+36%-20%-27%+14%-25%+25%-46%
Public Order+27%-11%-7%-1%+30%+44%+8%-7%+25%
Robbery-17%-58%-59%+7%-49%+32%+29%-40%-11%
Shoplifting-30%-59%-23%-31%--1%+26%-15%-34%
Theft From the Person-38%-87%-58%-12%-74%-20%-55%-60%-50%
Vehicle Crime-8%-58%-45%-31%-37%-34%-40%-22%-16%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-19%-6%-1%+22%+19%+9%-8%+9%

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 among the top 5 safest cities 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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021