Bromley Crime Overview

Bromley is among the top 10 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Bromley in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 34% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Bromley ranks as the the 32nd safest city, and the the 1,728th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Bromley had the worst crime rate in London for shoplifting, with 161 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.48 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Bromley are violence and sexual offences, with 6,172 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 12% lower than 2019's figure of 6,884 offences and a difference of 2.14 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Bromley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 160 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 7% from 2019's figure of 149 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bromley This Year

 BromleyLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10,05930.27386,65143.1443% safer
Bicycle Theft1770.5323,0182.57385% safer
Burglary1,6114.8556,3306.2930% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,6054.8347,5635.3110% safer
Drugs1,0833.2649,0295.4768% safer
Other Crime3000.909,5341.0618% safer
Other Theft1,6484.9677,7838.6875% safer
Possession of Weapons1600.485,6020.6331% safer
Public Order1,5574.6952,2705.8324% safer
Robbery4641.4025,4802.84103% safer
Shoplifting1,5874.7832,9053.6723% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2830.8531,8293.55318% safer
Vehicle Crime3,3129.9799,97811.1612% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,17218.57211,94323.6527% safer

Bromley Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingston upon Thames9,96356.137% safer
Richmond upon Thames11,40857.614.3% safer
Sutton11,94557.893.7% safer
Bexley14,43158.123.3% safer
Havering15,40559.351.2% safer
Bromley19,95960.06-
Merton12,48760.460.66% more dangerous
Queen's Park91762.123.3% more dangerous
Barnet24,67062.323.6% more dangerous
Wandsworth22,35767.8111% more dangerous
Redbridge21,04368.9413% more dangerous

Bromley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17151830Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.680.910.660.53Safer
Burglary8884.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6764.8Safer
Drugs1.72.03.23.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.870.820.820.90Getting worse
Other Theft8875.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.580.450.48Safer
Public Order4.24.75.04.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.81.41.51.4Safer
Shoplifting5664.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.880.981.40.85Safer
Vehicle Crime10111210Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19202119Safer

Comparing Bromley to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Bromley60.06-
Coventry71.5016% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9919% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2319% more dangerous
Croydon77.1822% more dangerous
Bradford79.1924% more dangerous
London80.7026% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0233% more dangerous
Bristol91.5734% more dangerous
Leeds91.9035% more dangerous
Leicester102.5141% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9443% more dangerous

Crime in Bromley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bromley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Bromley saw a 281% increase in anti-social behaviour. Bromley saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Bromley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+23%+281%+255%+85%+29%+58%+48%+46%+83%
Bicycle Theft-61%-55%-35%-+5%-+86%-6%+10%
Burglary-35%-32%-55%-49%-45%-38%-46%-45%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-14%-9%-14%--15%-20%-4%-27%
Drugs+2%+56%+160%+2%+11%-38%+3%-19%+18%
Other Crime+24%+4%-19%+8%+26%+25%+42%-16%+45%
Other Theft-18%-58%-44%-26%-25%-33%+2%-23%-30%
Possession of Weapons-25%+23%+60%-18%-23%+25%+186%+50%+47%
Public Order-29%-14%+2%+13%-10%+39%+8%+4%+17%
Robbery+23%-22%-30%-22%+17%+40%+21%-5%-28%
Shoplifting-17%-48%-66%-54%-18%-22%+8%+25%-4%
Theft From the Person+38%-83%-82%-56%-21%+63%-14%+47%-46%
Vehicle Crime-15%-34%-26%-11%+7%-24%-4%-5%-11%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-17%-7%+8%-4%+3%+7%+8%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bromley

What police force serves Bromley?
Bromley's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Bromley?
Bromley is among the top 10 safest cities in London.
What is Bromley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bromley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bromley?
Bromley's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021