Crime and Safety in Brent

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Brent is among the top 20 safest boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Brent in 2021 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brent is among the top 20 safest city, and the 1,019th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Brent had the worst crime rate in London for criminal damage and arson, with 170 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.52 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2018 was also a bad month for Brent residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 347 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Brent recorded 154 reports of drugs during December 2016, making its crime rate of 0.47 the worst for drugs in London that month.

The most common crimes in Brent are violence and sexual offences, with 9,313 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 2.0% higher than 2020's figure of 9,130 offences and a difference of 0.55 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Brent's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 196 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 11% from 2020's figure of 217 crimes.

Brent 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Safest

Boroughs, London

5% lower, regional crime rate


7% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Brent is 5% lower than London and 7% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Brent Crime Rate Over Time

England, Wales & NI

Brent Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Brent represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Summary of Crimes in Brent This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,04436.52303,00033.85 7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3601.0921,5362.41 121% safer
Burglary1,7835.4152,4145.85 8% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2,0276.1553,1985.94 3.4% more dangerous
Drugs1,8055.4743,2274.83 12% more dangerous
Other Crime3851.1710,2651.15 1.7% more dangerous
Other Theft2,8518.6590,13710.07 16% safer
Possession of Weapons1960.595,0140.56 5% more dangerous
Public Order2,2276.7561,3056.85 1.5% safer
Robbery7252.2022,5282.52 15% safer
Shoplifting9943.0133,6743.76 25% safer
Theft From the Person8542.5939,8094.45 72% safer
Vehicle Crime3,56010.8098,51711.00 1.9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9,31328.24244,97827.36 3.1% more dangerous

Brent Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wandsworth24,77575.159% safer
Redbridge23,71877.716% safer
Waltham Forest21,88179.003.9% safer
Hillingdon24,34679.343.5% safer
Ealing27,93381.720.49% safer
Croydon31,89782.480.44% more dangerous
Hounslow22,55583.071.1% more dangerous
Enfield28,41585.133.5% more dangerous
Lewisham26,12885.433.9% more dangerous
Barking and Dagenham18,48386.815% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brent

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Recent Crimes in Brent

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Brampton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grosvenor GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Southview AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Gowan RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Apsley WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lakeside WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Park Avenue NorthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near A4088Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Vane CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Doyle GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hazel GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Curtis LaneLocal resolution
April 2022DrugsOn or near Shopping AreaOffender given penalty notice
April 2022DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Blackbird HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Brent Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour28305037 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.831.21.1 Getting worse
Burglary10865 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6666 Safer
Drugs5565 Getting worse
Other Crime1.10.991.11.2 Getting worse
Other Theft10989 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.770.730.660.59 Safer
Public Order6667 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting3. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime12131311 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28272828 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0822% safer
Croydon82.480.44% more dangerous
Sheffield90.059% more dangerous
Bristol90.529% more dangerous
Coventry102.2420% more dangerous
Leicester111.5926% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0633% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6437% more dangerous
Bradford132.2838% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Brent's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Alperton East6416125th
Alperton West9108514th
Barnhill The Avenue4415333rd
Brondesbury Park4585926th
Church End1,21694Tenth
Cricklewood Anson Road1,0689211th
Dollis Hill7838513th
Dudden Hill6127118th
Forty Lane94599Eighth
Kensal Green5905827th
Kenton Woodcock Park4826523rd
Kilburn Park5296820th
Kilburn West89697Ninth
Kingsbury East & Colindale8549212th
Kingsbury South4845432nd
Kingsbury West7027119th
Northwick Park5856721st
Preston Park & East Lane4254834th
Queens Park1,099110Seventh
Queensbury South6045529th
Roundwood Park7608116th
St Raphaels1,230128First
Sudbury East5495628th
Sudbury West3555431st
Welsh Harp5066722nd
Wembley East1,186113Fifth
Wembley North4596324th
Wembley West5935430th
Willesden Green7137217th

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 BehaviourQueensbury South (191)Brondesbury (596)
Bicycle TheftKingsbury South (1)Queens Park (52)
BurglaryWembley West (21)Queens Park (109)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPreston Park & East Lane (27)St Raphaels (96)
DrugsBrondesbury Park (14)Church End (183)
Other CrimeKingsbury South (3)Dollis Hill (18)
Other TheftKingsbury South (29)Wembley East (174)
Possession of WeaponsKensal Green (1)Neasden (20)
Public OrderBarnhill The Avenue (26)Tokyngton (159)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Northwick Park (5)Queens Park (62)
ShopliftingBarnhill The Avenue (1)Wembley East (156)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Kingsbury South (2)Wembley East (129)
Vehicle CrimeWembley West (32)St Raphaels (223)
Violence and Sexual OffencesKenton Woodcock Park (118)St Raphaels (421)

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+15%+204%+185%+54%+20%+57%+49%+35%+108%+91%
Bicycle Theft+29%-4%+83%+50%+78%+63%+105%+42%-+138%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-17%-15%-+31%-+22%-9%+25%+21%
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%
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 safest borough 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.

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