Camden Crime Overview

Camden is the second most dangerous city in London, and is the third most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Camden in 2020 was 114 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Camden is among the top 5 most dangerous cities, and the 322nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Camden had the worst crime rate in London for bicycle theft, with 118 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Camden residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 71 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Camden recorded 78 reports of possession of weapons during December 2018, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst for possession of weapons in London that month.

The most common crimes in Camden are violence and sexual offences, with 6,896 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 7,451 offences and a difference of 2.05 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Camden's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 181 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 32% from 2019's figure of 239 crimes.

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Crime in Camden Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Camden This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14,26452.82416,48646.5212% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,5795.8524,3552.7254% more dangerous
Burglary2,2518.3461,0906.8218% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5445.7251,7285.781.0% safer
Drugs2,1197.8552,7895.9025% more dangerous
Other Crime2781.0310,3371.1512% safer
Other Theft4,78917.7484,2109.4147% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1810.676,0140.670% safer
Public Order2,2568.3556,3686.3025% more dangerous
Robbery1,2224.5327,5443.0832% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,3865.1335,6593.9822% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3,36712.4735,1173.9269% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,98511.05107,68712.039% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,89625.54229,97825.690.59% safer

Camden Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southwark31,82299.8114% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham18,574100.3214% safer
Haringey28,144104.769% safer
Islington25,583105.518% safer
Hackney29,840106.158% safer
Westminster48,182184.3838% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Camden

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Camden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour36353853Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.35.04.96Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7666Safer
Drugs4.44.678Getting worse
Other Crime0.861.01.21.0Safer
Other Theft22283618Safer
Possession of Weapons0.742.10.890.67Safer
Public Order7898Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)7674.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)27192212Safer
Vehicle Crime13121211Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26302826Safer

Changes In Camden's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Camden's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Camden that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bloomsbury Square Gardens-41-13553
Hampstead Cricket Club7----34.5
The Danish Church-----39

Comparing Camden to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7169% safer
Coventry77.4148% safer
Croydon83.2237% safer
Sheffield85.8133% safer
Bristol86.2133% safer
Leicester97.4417% safer
Birmingham102.8711% safer
Liverpool107.287% safer
Bradford133.0214% more dangerous
Leeds137.1017% more dangerous

Crime in Camden's Neighbourhoods

Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Camden, followed by Fitzrovia East & Bloomsbury West in second place, and Camden Town & Mornington Crescent as the third most dangerous area. Camden's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Belsize Park, Frognal, and South Hampstead.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Adelaide Road4676123rd
Belsize Park3834826th
Bloomsbury East89299Tenth
Camden Road South8838713th
Camden Street & Elm Village1,352125Seventh
Camden Town & Mornington Crescent2,318273Third
Chalk Farm7927617th
Fitzjohns & Royal Free7547419th
Fitzrovia East & Bloomsbury West2,718306Second
Fortune Green5976024th
Gray's Inn Road1,132157Fifth
Hampstead Town6576820th
Hatton Garden & Theobalds Road931103Ninth
Highgate West7988615th
Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South4,391503First
Kentish Town East5525325th
Kentish Town West9857916th
Kilburn East9899711th
Kilburn Grange7116722nd
Mansfield Road & Park Hill Road7207618th
Primrose Hill953107Eighth
Somers Town2,316200Fourth
South Hampstead4134427th
Swiss Cottage6156821st
Tufnell Park West8578812th
West Hampstead1,0118614th

Camden Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourFrognal (172)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (1,504)
Bicycle TheftFrognal (8)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (203)
BurglaryKilburn Grange (54)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (242)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBelsize Park (22)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (135)
DrugsBelsize Park (2)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (349)
Other CrimeSouth Hampstead (3)Somers Town (54)
Other TheftFrognal (19)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (927)
Possession of WeaponsFrognal (1)Somers Town (39)
Public OrderFrognal (13)Camden Town & Mornington Crescent (220)
Robbery (inc. mugging)South Hampstead (8)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (198)
ShopliftingSouth Hampstead (1)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (196)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Fortune Green (7)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (1,110)
Vehicle CrimeEuston (44)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (317)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFrognal (80)Camden Town & Mornington Crescent (551)

Crime in Camden During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Camden change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Camden saw a 106% increase in anti-social behaviour. Camden saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019. Possession of Weapons saw a fall in every month of Camden's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+92%+106%+41%+23%+31%+35%+27%+44%+42%
Bicycle Theft-2%-36%+19%+48%+45%+60%+12%+23%+64%+43%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-4%-27%+9%+5%-2%+17%+10%+26%-26%
Other Crime-46%-27%-19%+71%-27%+4%-15%+17%-4%-14%
Other Theft-41%-83%-83%-79%-57%-38%-38%-54%-70%-64%
Possession of Weapons-35%-72%-10%-9%--52%-27%-57%-21%-16%
Public Order-15%-24%-31%-4%-6%+17%+4%-16%-7%-18%
Theft From the Person-25%-89%-82%-76%-62%-45%-33%-48%-55%-56%
Vehicle Crime-23%-12%+1%-10%+2%+13%+17%+7%-31%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-30%-19%-3%-11%-3%-3%-4%-2%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Camden

What police force serves Camden?
Camden's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Camden?
Camden is the second most dangerous city in London.
What is Camden's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Camden are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Camden?
Camden's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021