Camden Crime Overview

Camden is the third most dangerous city in London. The overall crime rate in Camden in 2020 was 107 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Camden ranks as the among the top 5 most dangerous city, and the the 312nd 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 119 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2018 was also a bad month for Camden residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 78 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Camden recorded 241 reports of robbery during October 2017, making its crime rate of 0.89 the worst for robbery in London that month.

The most common crimes in Camden are violence and sexual offences, with 6,400 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 17% lower than 2019's figure of 7,484 offences and a difference of 4.02 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Camden's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 165 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 46% from 2019's figure of 241 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Camden This Year

 CamdenLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13,35949.47386,65143.1413% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,4985.5523,0182.5754% more dangerous
Burglary2,1247.8756,3306.2920% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4315.3047,5635.310.19% safer
Drugs1,9997.4049,0295.4726% more dangerous
Other Crime2590.969,5341.0610% safer
Other Theft4,54816.8477,7838.6848% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1650.615,6020.633.3% safer
Public Order2,1017.7852,2705.8325% more dangerous
Robbery1,1324.1925,4802.8432% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,2754.7232,9053.6722% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3,14811.6631,8293.5570% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,82310.4599,97811.167% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,40023.70211,94323.650.21% more dangerous

Camden Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southwark29,61492.8815% safer
Haringey25,57195.1812% safer
Hackney27,34597.2710% safer
Islington24,14699.587% safer
Kensington and Chelsea16,253104.102.8% safer
Camden28,903107.04-
Westminster43,733167.3636% more dangerous
City of London5,401555.6081% more dangerous

Camden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37363849Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.354.96Getting worse
Burglary1113128Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7665Safer
Drugs4.44.677Getting worse
Other Crime0.861.01.20.96Safer
Other Theft22293617Safer
Possession of Weapons0.732.10.890.61Safer
Public Order7898Safer
Robbery7674.2Safer
Shoplifting7884.7Safer
Theft From the Person27192212Safer
Vehicle Crime13121310Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26302824Safer

Comparing Camden to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5050% safer
Sheffield73.9945% safer
Kirklees74.2344% safer
Croydon77.1839% safer
Bradford79.1935% safer
London80.7033% safer
Birmingham89.0220% safer
Bristol91.5717% safer
Leeds91.9016% safer
Leicester102.514.4% safer
Liverpool105.941.0% safer
Camden107.04-

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 105% 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. Camden saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, robbery, shoplifting, theft from the person, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+92%+105%+42%+23%+31%+35%+27%+46%
Bicycle Theft-2%-36%+19%+47%+43%+64%+10%+23%+62%
Burglary-16%-46%-54%-42%-32%-38%-36%-15%-18%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-3%-27%+9%+6%-4%+23%+11%+24%
Drugs-12%+14%+96%+22%+50%+19%-35%-8%-27%
Other Crime-46%-27%-19%+71%-27%+5%-17%+17%-4%
Other Theft-40%-84%-83%-79%-57%-38%-38%-54%-71%
Possession of Weapons-35%-72%-10%-9%--57%-27%-57%-21%
Public Order-16%-23%-32%-5%-8%+15%+4%-15%-7%
Robbery-8%-65%-64%-49%-40%-29%-27%-56%-44%
Shoplifting-39%-64%-67%-65%-20%-25%-12%-21%-41%
Theft From the Person-24%-89%-83%-76%-62%-45%-33%-48%-55%
Vehicle Crime-23%-13%+2%-9%+2%+11%+16%+7%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-30%-19%-3%-11%-4%-3%-4%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Camden

What police force serves Camden?
Camden's local territorial police force is the City of London Police.
How dangerous is Camden?
Camden is the third 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: 01 Mar 2021