Brent Crime Overview

Brent is among the top 20 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Brent in 2020 was 78 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 3.7% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Brent ranks as the the 38th most dangerous city, and the the 858th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Brent had the worst crime rate in London for public order, with 192 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.58 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 346 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 8,350 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 9,001 offences and a difference of 1.97 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Brent's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 203 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 20% from 2019's figure of 244 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Brent This Year

 BrentLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15,31346.44386,65143.147% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3641.1023,0182.57134% safer
Burglary1,9896.0356,3306.294.3% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8625.6547,5635.316% more dangerous
Drugs1,9615.9549,0295.478% more dangerous
Other Crime3341.019,5341.065.0% safer
Other Theft2,3607.1677,7838.6821% safer
Possession of Weapons2030.625,6020.631.6% safer
Public Order1,9465.9052,2705.831.2% more dangerous
Robbery8702.6425,4802.848% safer
Shoplifting8612.6132,9053.6741% safer
Theft From the Person5831.7731,8293.55101% safer
Vehicle Crime3,98112.0799,97811.168% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,35025.32211,94323.657% more dangerous

Brent Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wandsworth22,35767.8115% safer
Redbridge21,04368.9413% safer
Croydon29,84777.180.83% safer
Ealing26,43977.350.61% safer
Waltham Forest21,50577.640.23% safer
Brent25,66477.82-
Enfield26,03277.990.22% more dangerous
Hillingdon24,01478.250.55% more dangerous
Greenwich22,95179.712.4% more dangerous
Barking and Dagenham17,02079.942.7% more dangerous
Hounslow21,72980.032.8% more dangerous

Brent Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28283046Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.31.10.831.1Getting worse
Burglary91086Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666Safer
Drugs4.7556Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.00.971.0Getting worse
Other Theft111097Safer
Possession of Weapons0.760.770.740.62Safer
Public Order5666Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.64.24.12.6Safer
Shoplifting4.23.83.22.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.52.82.81.8Safer
Vehicle Crime12121312Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27282725Safer

Comparing Brent to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.509% safer
Sheffield73.995% safer
Kirklees74.234.8% safer
Croydon77.180.83% safer
Brent77.82-
Bradford79.191.7% more dangerous
London80.703.6% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0213% more dangerous
Bristol91.5715% more dangerous
Leeds91.9015% more dangerous
Leicester102.5124% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9427% more dangerous

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 79% compared to April in 2019. Rates of robbery and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Brent's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+15%+204%+186%+54%+20%+57%+48%+35%+107%
Bicycle Theft+23%-4%+83%+47%+74%+53%+100%+42%+4%
Burglary-37%-37%-29%-35%+15%-4%-12%-4%-24%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-18%-17%+1%+34%+4%+20%-10%+26%
Drugs-9%+63%+92%+44%-3%+30%+8%+36%+30%
Other Crime-24%-13%+45%-+19%+6%+95%+22%+50%
Other Theft-23%-35%-40%-5%-3%+4%-19%-7%-27%
Possession of Weapons-30%-15%-5%-46%+4%+53%-4%+5%+18%
Public Order-15%+17%+16%+10%-2%+9%+28%+16%+7%
Robbery-23%-66%-48%-36%-25%-11%-21%-17%-51%
Shoplifting-17%-59%-34%-15%+7%+1%-4%+24%-4%
Theft From the Person-14%-79%-65%-73%-26%-2%-26%-23%-24%
Vehicle Crime-12%-9%-19%+0%+20%+64%+2%-4%-10%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%+1%-9%-5%+1%+16%+11%+7%+16%

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 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: 01 Mar 2021