Bexley Crime Overview

Bexley is among the top 5 safest cities in London, and is among the top 5 safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bexley in 2020 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 39% 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 1,875th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Bexley are violence and sexual offences, with 5,651 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 2.8% higher than 2019's figure of 5,495 offences and a difference of 0.63 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Bexley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 91 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 47% from 2019's figure of 134 crimes.

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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 Behaviour7,69030.97416,48646.5250% safer
Bicycle Theft910.3724,3552.72635% safer
Burglary1,0424.2061,0906.8262% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4745.9451,7285.782.7% more dangerous
Drugs8053.2452,7895.9082% safer
Other Crime2350.9510,3371.1521% safer
Other Theft1,2885.1984,2109.4181% safer
Possession of Weapons1070.436,0140.6756% safer
Public Order1,3035.2556,3686.3020% safer
Robbery3131.2627,5443.08144% safer
Shoplifting7933.1935,6593.9825% safer
Theft From the Person1160.4735,1173.92734% safer
Vehicle Crime2,3779.57107,68712.0326% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,65122.76229,97825.6913% safer

Bexley Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrow15,14460.304.2% safer
Kingston upon Thames10,77060.673.5% safer
Richmond upon Thames12,29862.111.1% safer
Sutton12,87262.380.69% safer
Havering16,71764.412.5% more dangerous
Merton13,45365.133.6% more dangerous
Bromley21,68465.253.7% more dangerous
Barnet26,80667.717% more dangerous
Wandsworth24,28273.6515% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bexley

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Bexley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour19171731Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.610.700.540.37Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime0.780.760.870.95Getting worse
Other Theft6665Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.360.520.43Getting worse
Public Order3.83.94.75Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.780.750.860.47Safer
Vehicle Crime8101310Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18192223Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.717% more dangerous
Coventry77.4119% more dangerous
Croydon83.2225% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8127% more dangerous
Bristol86.2127% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2841% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1054% more dangerous

Crime in Bexley's Neighbourhoods

Erith East is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bexley, followed by Bexleyheath Broadway in second place, and Slade Green & Crayford Marshes as the third most dangerous area. Bexley's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Falconwood, Longlands & Halfway, and St Michael's.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Albany Park2853725th
Barnehurst North3324220th
Barnehurst South5326611th
Belvedere & Lessness Heath92488Fifth
Bexley Village4165216th
Bexleyheath Broadway1,047119Second
Bursted Wood3063722nd
Crossway Park59867Tenth
Danson Park4053724th
Erith East1,341163First
Erith West3965714th
Foots Cray Meadows52678Sixth
Lesnes Abbey4065018th
Lesney Farm & Colyers East5426212th
Longlands & Halfway2363028th
Northumberland Heath51768Ninth
Sidcup East5045117th
Sidcup West64968Eighth
Slade Green & Crayford Marshes1,25796Third
South Thamesmead74173Seventh
St Michael's2973626th
Wickham Street & East Wickham3535315th

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 (156)Erith East (420)
Bicycle TheftDanson Park (1)Crayford (12)
BurglaryLonglands & Halfway (16)Erith East (103)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLonglands & Halfway (13)Erith East (124)
DrugsBursted Wood (7)Erith East (114)
Other CrimeSt Michael's (2)Erith East (18)
Other TheftLonglands & Halfway (11)Erith East (176)
Possession of WeaponsFalconwood (1)Erith East (12)
Public OrderSt Michael's (16)Erith East (105)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Danson Park (3)Bexleyheath Broadway (44)
ShopliftingCrossway Park (1)Bexleyheath Broadway (120)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Danson Park (1)Bexleyheath Broadway (40)
Vehicle CrimeBostall (38)Erith East (194)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLonglands & Halfway (72)Erith East (384)

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 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: 07 May 2021