Brent Crime Overview

Brent is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brent in 2020 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 3.2% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brent is the 25th safest city, and the 837th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2018, Brent had the worst crime rate in London for burglary, with 347 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2016 was also a bad month for Brent residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 154 crimes at a rate of 0.47 per 1,000 residents. Brent recorded 372 reports of vehicle crime during November 2015, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for vehicle crime in London that month.

The most common crimes in Brent are violence and sexual offences, with 9,131 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 1.0% higher than 2019's figure of 9,038 offences and a difference of 0.28 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Brent's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 217 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 12% from 2019's figure of 242 crimes.

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Crime in Brent Compared To London

Summary of Crimes in Brent This Year

 BrentLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16,49050.00416,48646.527% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3871.1724,3552.72132% safer
Burglary2,1376.4861,0906.825% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2,0556.2351,7285.787% more dangerous
Drugs2,1126.4052,7895.908% more dangerous
Other Crime3681.1210,3371.152.7% safer
Other Theft2,5877.8484,2109.4120% safer
Possession of Weapons2170.666,0140.671.5% safer
Public Order2,1176.4256,3686.301.9% more dangerous
Robbery9562.9027,5443.086% safer
Shoplifting9542.8935,6593.9838% safer
Theft From the Person6541.9835,1173.9298% safer
Vehicle Crime4,25712.91107,68712.037% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences9,13127.69229,97825.697% more dangerous

Brent Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Croydon32,18183.221.8% safer
Ealing28,57883.611.3% safer
Waltham Forest23,28184.050.77% safer
Hillingdon25,81384.120.69% safer
Enfield28,26084.660.05% safer
Brent27,93284.70-
Greenwich24,72185.851.3% more dangerous
Hounslow23,38586.131.7% more dangerous
Barking and Dagenham18,44186.622.2% more dangerous
Lewisham26,97888.214.0% more dangerous
Lambeth30,39593.239% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brent

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Brent Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28283050Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.31.10.831.2Getting worse
Burglary91086Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666Safer
Drugs4.7556Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.10.991.1Getting worse
Other Theft111098Safer
Possession of Weapons0.770.780.730.66Safer
Public Order5666Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.64.34.12.9Safer
Shoplifting4.23.83.22.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.52.92.92.0Safer
Vehicle Crime12121313Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences27282728Getting worse

Changes In Brent's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Brent's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Brent that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Barham Park91-1111.3
Church Lane Recreation Ground3----00.46
Fryent Country Park4----10.05
Gibbons Recreation Ground--42523.1
Gladstone Park----210.07
John Billam Playing Fields---1-20.52
King Edward VII Park---1310.48
King Edward VII Recreation Ground3-11172.2
Northwick Park1---220.30
One Tree Hill Recreation Ground-2---00.19
Preston Park---11011.6
Roe Green Park-----40.33
South Hampstead Cricket Club-----42.7
Tiverton Green24--2-814
Tokyngton Recreation Ground10-4-784.4

Comparing Brent to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7125% safer
Coventry77.419% safer
Croydon83.221.8% safer
Brent84.70-
Sheffield85.811.3% more dangerous
Bristol86.211.8% more dangerous
Leicester97.4413% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8718% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2821% more dangerous
Bradford133.0236% more dangerous
Leeds137.1038% more dangerous

Crime in Brent's Neighbourhoods

Harlesden is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Brent, followed by Stonebridge in second place, and St Raphaels as the third most dangerous area. Brent's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Barnhill The Avenue, Preston Park & East Lane, and Sudbury West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Alperton East7256922nd
Alperton West9669012th
Barnhill The Avenue4215034th
Brondesbury6797817th
Brondesbury Park4145430th
Church End1,335104Sixth
Cricklewood Anson Road1,12297Tenth
Dollis Hill8238914th
Dudden Hill5846823rd
Forty Lane93598Eighth
Harlesden2,123136First
Kensal Green6216127th
Kenton Woodcock Park5247020th
Kilburn Park5246824th
Kilburn West89997Ninth
Kingsbury East & Colindale8329013th
Kingsbury South4795331st
Kingsbury West7137219th
Neasden1,159108Fifth
Northwick Park6487418th
Preston Park & East Lane4495133rd
Queens Park1,018102Seventh
Queensbury South6726128th
Roundwood Park8308815th
St Raphaels1,246129Third
Stonebridge1,218134Second
Sudbury East5475629th
Sudbury West3475332nd
Tokyngton1,2719411th
Welsh Harp5327021st
Wembley East1,250119Fourth
Wembley North4536225th
Wembley West6746226th
Willesden Green8278316th

Brent Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourNorthwick Park (190)Harlesden (1,315)
Bicycle TheftBarnhill The Avenue (1)Queens Park (51)
BurglarySudbury West (19)Stonebridge (119)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSudbury East (33)Neasden (107)
DrugsKingsbury South (22)Harlesden (265)
Other CrimeKensal Green (1)Kingsbury East & Colindale (18)
Other TheftBarnhill The Avenue (24)Neasden (162)
Possession of WeaponsPreston Park & East Lane (1)Neasden (14)
Public OrderBrondesbury Park (10)Harlesden (195)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Sudbury West (6)Queens Park (53)
ShopliftingDudden Hill (1)Wembley East (153)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Barnhill The Avenue (2)Wembley East (99)
Vehicle CrimeWembley West (53)St Raphaels (276)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBrondesbury Park (120)Harlesden (768)

Crime in Brent During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brent change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Brent saw a 204% increase in anti-social behaviour. Brent saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 77% compared to April in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Brent's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+15%+204%+185%+54%+20%+57%+49%+35%+108%+91%
Bicycle Theft+29%-4%+83%+50%+78%+63%+105%+42%-+138%
Burglary-36%-39%-31%-35%+15%-4%-11%-3%-23%-46%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-17%-15%-+31%-+22%-9%+25%+21%
Drugs-8%+63%+94%+43%-2%+31%+9%+36%+26%+59%
Other Crime-26%-16%+45%-3%+19%+9%+90%+16%+50%+62%
Other Theft-23%-35%-40%-7%-4%+3%-18%-8%-26%-6%
Possession of Weapons-30%-19%--50%+4%+47%-4%+5%+18%-7%
Public Order-15%+15%+16%+9%+1%+9%+32%+16%+7%+25%
Robbery-23%-66%-51%-36%-24%-10%-21%-17%-50%-28%
Shoplifting-17%-60%-32%-14%+7%-1%-4%+27%-1%-11%
Theft From the Person-14%-77%-68%-72%-27%-2%-27%-22%-24%-16%
Vehicle Crime-11%-7%-19%+1%+22%+61%+1%-4%-12%-17%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%0%-8%-5%+0%+17%+10%+7%+16%+7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brent

What police force serves Brent?
Brent's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Brent?
Brent is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London.
What is Brent's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Brent are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Brent?
Brent's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021