Bromley Crime Overview

Bromley is among the top 10 safest cities in London, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bromley in 2020 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 34% 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 1,727th 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 6,672 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 3.1% lower than 2019's figure of 6,876 offences and a difference of 0.61 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Bromley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 172 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 13% from 2019's figure of 149 crimes.

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Crime in Bromley Compared To London

Summary of Crimes in Bromley This Year

 BromleyLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10,80732.52416,48646.5243% safer
Bicycle Theft1810.5424,3552.72404% safer
Burglary1,7455.2561,0906.8230% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7535.2751,7285.7810% safer
Drugs1,2063.6352,7895.9063% safer
Other Crime3321.0010,3371.1515% safer
Other Theft1,8015.4284,2109.4174% safer
Possession of Weapons1720.526,0140.6729% safer
Public Order1,6805.0656,3686.3025% safer
Robbery5121.5427,5443.08100% safer
Shoplifting1,7185.1735,6593.9823% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3140.9435,1173.92317% safer
Vehicle Crime3,59810.83107,68712.0311% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,67220.08229,97825.6928% safer

Bromley Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Richmond upon Thames12,29862.115% safer
Sutton12,87262.384.6% safer
Bexley15,59562.813.9% safer
Havering16,71764.411.3% safer
Merton13,45365.130.18% safer
Bromley21,68465.25-
Barnet26,80667.713.6% more dangerous
Wandsworth24,28273.6511% more dangerous
Redbridge22,87374.9413% more dangerous
Croydon32,18183.2222% more dangerous
Ealing28,57883.6122% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bromley

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Bromley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17151833Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.680.910.660.54Safer
Burglary8885Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6765Safer
Drugs1.72.03.23.6Getting worse
Other Crime0.870.820.831.0Getting worse
Other Theft8875Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.570.450.52Safer
Public Order4.24.75.05Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.81.41.51.5Safer
Shoplifting5665Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.880.971.40.94Safer
Vehicle Crime10101211Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19202120Getting 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 2020.

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
Bromley65.25-
Barnet67.713.6% more dangerous
Coventry77.4116% more dangerous
Croydon83.2222% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8124% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8737% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% 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, Hayes North, and Langley Park.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Anerley North & Penge West1,02095Fourth
Anerley South4946616th
Beckenham East & Kelsey Park3293834th
Bickley East2894331st
Bickley West5245420th
Biggin Hill East & Cudham3755819th
Biggin Hill West3004330th
Bromley Common5016318th
Bromley North & Sundridge1,509125Second
Bromley South1,750175First
Chelsfield & Green Street Green3404428th
Chislehurst East & Hoblingwell Wood3846615th
Chislehurst North3654725th
Chislehurst West & Elmstead4304033rd
Clock House & Cator Park3874824th
Crofton2032538th
Crystal Palace Park89183Eighth
Eden Park & Bethlem6797811th
Elmers End5116317th
Farnborough3815421st
Goddington4165322nd
Hayes North2182837th
Hayes South & Coney Hall4055023rd
Keston4666713th
Langley Park1872339th
Mottingham88094Fifth
New Beckenham80278Tenth
Orpington East3004329th
Orpington South2582936th
Orpington West78792Seventh
Penge East70280Ninth
Petts Wood2813735th
Plaistow (Bromley)5366714th
Shortlands Bromley Road3474132nd
St Mary Cray East1,017111Third
St Mary Cray North82093Sixth
St Mary Cray South6357812th
West Wickham5544526th
Widmore3934427th

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 BehaviourPetts Wood (103)Crystal Palace Park (731)
Bicycle TheftWidmore (1)Bromley South (29)
BurglaryHayes North (16)Orpington West (80)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHayes North (7)St Mary Cray East (111)
DrugsOrpington South (2)Bromley South (215)
Other CrimeShortlands Bromley Road (1)Mottingham (24)
Other TheftCrofton (10)Bromley South (197)
Possession of WeaponsHayes North (1)Bromley South (24)
Public OrderCrofton (6)Bromley South (161)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Petts Wood (1)Bromley South (52)
ShopliftingCrofton (1)Bromley South (336)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Orpington South (1)Bromley South (80)
Vehicle CrimeChislehurst North (38)St Mary Cray East (190)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLangley Park (43)Anerley North & Penge West (414)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+21%+284%+256%+84%+30%+57%+50%+48%+84%+111%
Bicycle Theft-61%-55%-35%-6%--+86%-6%+10%-54%
Burglary-34%-32%-56%-49%-45%-39%-46%-45%-44%-47%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-15%-10%-16%--13%-19%-3%-26%-7%
Drugs+2%+57%+162%+3%+11%-38%+5%-19%+15%+21%
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%
Robbery+32%-15%-30%-20%+21%+36%+21%-5%-28%-
Shoplifting-18%-48%-66%-54%-17%-21%+7%+25%-5%-21%
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 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: 07 May 2021