Crime and Safety in Bromley

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Bromley is among the top 10 safest boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Bromley in 2021 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 30% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bromley is among the top 20 safest cities, and the 1,695th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Bromley had the worst crime rate in London for shoplifting, with 152 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Bromley are violence and sexual offences, with 6,818 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 2.1% higher than 2020's figure of 6,672 offences and a difference of 0.44 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Bromley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 128 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 34% from 2020's figure of 172 crimes.

Bromley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Boroughs, London

29% lower, regional crime rate


9% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bromley is 29% lower than London and 9% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bromley Crime Rate Over Time

England, Wales & NI

Bromley Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Summary of Crimes in Bromley This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,35022.12303,00033.85 53% safer
Bicycle Theft2050.6221,5362.41 289% safer
Burglary1,4914.4952,4145.85 30% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8875.6853,1985.94 4.6% safer
Drugs1,0743.2343,2274.83 50% safer
Other Crime3451.0410,2651.15 11% safer
Other Theft1,9595.8990,13710.07 71% safer
Possession of Weapons1280.395,0140.56 44% safer
Public Order1,9105.7561,3056.85 19% safer
Robbery3861.1622,5282.52 117% safer
Shoplifting1,9745.9433,6743.76 37% more dangerous
Theft From the Person5291.5939,8094.45 180% safer
Vehicle Crime3,48810.5098,51711.00 4.8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,81820.52244,97527.36 33% safer

Bromley Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bexley14,88059.9311% safer
Sutton12,70461.578% safer
Kingston upon Thames10,99561.948% safer
Merton12,84162.177% safer
Havering16,74964.533.5% safer
Barnet26,55567.080.45% more dangerous
Wandsworth24,77575.1511% more dangerous
Redbridge23,71877.7114% more dangerous
Waltham Forest21,88179.0015% more dangerous
Hillingdon24,34679.3416% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bromley

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Recent Crimes in Bromley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Morland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Albany MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Millfields CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The ApproachInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022RobberyOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Somerden RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Burwash CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Eresby DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bishops AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Stambourne WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Aynscombe AngleInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Addington RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Christy RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Court Farm RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near High StreetLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Aragon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Spencer CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near LongfieldLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bromley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour15183322 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.910.660.540.62 Safer
Burglary8854.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7656 Safer
Drugs2. Getting worse
Other Crime0.820.831.01.0 Getting worse
Other Theft8756 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.450.520.39 Safer
Public Order4.75.056 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting6656 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.971.40.941.6 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime10121110 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20212021 Getting worse

Changes In Bromley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bromley's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bromley that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Blake Recreation Ground21--100.99
Bromley Common Cricket Club-----20.56
Cator Park----700.78
Chislehurst Common7---220.32
Chislehurst Recreation Ground5---102.1
Coney Hall Recreation Ground411-131.0
Croydon Road Recreation Ground132--272.7
Crystal Palace Park732-3150.51
Farnborough Recreation Ground---3-21.0
Fox Hill Playing Field-----26
Goddington Park----500.45
Harvington Sports Ground32-1-20.66
Hoblingwell Wood4----10.46
Hollydale Recreation Grounds8----03.0
Jubilee Country Park----240.15
Kelsey Park7----10.60
Kent County Cricket Ground6----00.82
McAndrew Playing Field-----10.71
Norman Park3-1-100.22
Parkfield Recreation Ground-1-1200.59
Petts Wood Recreation Ground----110.58
South Hill Wood18----24.6
Southborough Open Space--2--42.5
Whitehall Recreation Ground6--1-21.3
Willett Recreation Ground6---113.2

Comparing Bromley to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9367% safer
Birmingham49.6035% safer
Barnet67.080.45% more dangerous
Croydon82.4819% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0326% more dangerous
Bristol90.5226% more dangerous
Leicester111.5940% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0646% more dangerous
Bradford132.2850% more dangerous
Leeds150.9456% more dangerous

Crime in Bromley's Neighbourhoods

Bromley South is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bromley, followed by Bromley North & Sundridge in second place, and St Mary Cray East as the third most dangerous area. Bromley's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Crofton, Langley Park, and Orpington South.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Anerley North & Penge West1,03697Fifth
Anerley South4425919th
Beckenham East & Kelsey Park3774428th
Bickley East2493733rd
Bickley West6146415th
Biggin Hill East & Cudham4076316th
Biggin Hill West3294725th
Bromley Common5126414th
Bromley North & Sundridge1,765146Second
Bromley South1,967196First
Chelsfield & Green Street Green2783634th
Chislehurst East & Hoblingwell Wood4137112th
Chislehurst North3214131st
Chislehurst West & Elmstead4043832nd
Clock House & Cator Park4876118th
Crystal Palace Park90184Ninth
Eden Park & Bethlem74085Eighth
Elmers End5096217th
Hayes North2473135th
Hayes South & Coney Hall3434329th
Langley Park1932337th
New Beckenham83581Tenth
Orpington East3274724th
Orpington South1952239th
Orpington West80194Sixth
Penge East7128111th
Petts Wood2232936th
Plaistow (Bromley)4465522nd
Shortlands Bromley Road4004726th
St Mary Cray East1,130124Third
St Mary Cray North912103Fourth
St Mary Cray South72288Seventh
West Wickham5174230th

Bromley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLangley Park (63)Bromley South (451)
Bicycle TheftMottingham (1)Bromley South (32)
BurglaryCrofton (11)Bromley North & Sundridge (100)
Criminal Damage and ArsonOrpington South (11)St Mary Cray East (156)
DrugsLangley Park (2)Bromley South (177)
Other CrimeLangley Park (1)Biggin Hill East & Cudham (17)
Other TheftCrofton (13)Bromley South (254)
Possession of WeaponsShortlands Bromley Road (1)Bromley South (14)
Public OrderLangley Park (12)Bromley South (189)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Orpington South (1)Bromley South (40)
ShopliftingChislehurst West & Elmstead (1)Bromley South (404)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chislehurst West & Elmstead (1)Bromley South (186)
Vehicle CrimeCrofton (35)Bromley North & Sundridge (247)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLangley Park (53)Eden Park & Bethlem (337)

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 284% 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. Bromley saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including criminal damage and arson, other theft, and vehicle crime.

Anti-Social Behaviour+21%+284%+256%+84%+30%+57%+50%+48%+84%+111%
Bicycle Theft-61%-55%-35%-6%--+86%-6%+10%-54%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-15%-10%-16%--13%-19%-3%-26%-7%
Other Crime+18%+4%-19%+4%+26%+25%+38%-12%+45%+63%
Other Theft-18%-58%-44%-25%-26%-32%+2%-23%-30%-13%
Possession of Weapons-25%+23%+60%-18%-23%+25%+200%+60%+47%-25%
Public Order-27%-13%+2%+12%-11%+40%+9%+4%+18%-4%
Theft From the Person+33%-83%-82%-56%-21%+63%-14%+47%-46%-32%
Vehicle Crime-15%-34%-26%-10%+7%-24%-3%-4%-11%-21%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-17%-8%+7%-4%+3%+7%+9%-4%-15%

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 boroughs 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.

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