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Crime and Safety in Camden

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Camden is the second most dangerous borough in London. The overall crime rate in Camden in 2021 was 107 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 19% 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 10 most dangerous cities, and the 460th 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 7,097 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 2.8% higher than 2020's figure of 6,896 offences and a difference of 0.74 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Camden's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 156 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 16% from 2020's figure of 181 crimes.

Camden 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Boroughs, London

19% higher, regional crime rate

London

32% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Camden is 19% higher than London and 32% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Camden Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Camden 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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Historical Crime Rates for Camden

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202110728,855
202011430,853
201915341,263
201814338,650
201713636,722
201610829,287

Crime in Camden Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Camden This Year

 CamdenLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11,25141.67303,00033.85 19% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,3084.8421,5362.41 50% more dangerous
Burglary1,7706.5552,4145.85 11% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7006.3053,1985.94 6% more dangerous
Drugs1,4115.2343,2274.83 8% more dangerous
Other Crime2550.9410,2651.15 22% safer
Other Theft4,31715.9990,13710.07 37% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1560.585,0140.56 3.4% more dangerous
Public Order2,4389.0361,3056.85 24% more dangerous
Robbery1,0783.9922,5282.52 37% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,2704.7033,6743.76 20% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3,32712.3239,8094.45 64% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,72810.1098,51711.00 9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7,09726.28244,97527.36 4.1% safer

Camden Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southwark31,37998.429% safer
Islington24,816102.354.4% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham19,100103.163.6% safer
Hackney29,610105.331.5% safer
Haringey28,390105.681.1% safer
Camden28,855106.86-
Westminster49,381188.9743% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Camden

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Recent Crimes in Camden

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Gilden CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Asmara RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Dyott StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Elm StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Swain'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Richardson'S MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near QuickswoodInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Richborough RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near KingswayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Kilburn High RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thurlow RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Rathbone PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gilden CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rousden StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Denmark StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woburn SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Camden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35385342 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft5.04.964.8 Getting worse
Burglary131287 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6666No change
Drugs4.6785 Safer
Other Crime1.01.21.00.94 Safer
Other Theft28361816 Safer
Possession of Weapons2.10.890.670.58 Safer
Public Order8989 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)674.54.0 Safer
Shoplifting8854.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)19221212 Safer
Vehicle Crime12121110 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30282626 Safer

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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93168% safer
Birmingham49.60115% safer
Barnet67.0859% safer
Croydon82.4830% safer
Sheffield90.0319% safer
Bristol90.5218% safer
Camden106.86-
Leicester111.594.2% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0613% more dangerous
Bradford132.2819% more dangerous
Leeds150.9429% 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, Frognal, Kentish Town East, and South Hampstead.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Adelaide Road4355723rd
Belsize Park4525724th
Bloomsbury East82492Tenth
Camden Road South6676620th
Camden Street & Elm Village1,420131Seventh
Camden Town & Mornington Crescent2,155254Third
Chalk Farm8428114th
Euston1,213134Sixth
Fitzjohns & Royal Free8208015th
Fitzrovia East & Bloomsbury West2,494281Second
Fortune Green6076122nd
Frognal3083228th
Gray's Inn Road996138Fifth
Hampstead Town5285525th
Hatton Garden & Theobalds Road8058911th
Highgate West6937417th
Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South3,668420First
Kentish Town East5425226th
Kentish Town West9938016th
Kilburn East99097Ninth
Kilburn Grange7537119th
Mansfield Road & Park Hill Road6216521st
Primrose Hill957108Eighth
Somers Town2,102181Fourth
South Hampstead4434727th
Swiss Cottage6727418th
Tufnell Park West7998213th
West Hampstead1,0258812th

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 (113)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (1,144)
Bicycle TheftFrognal (6)Fitzrovia East & Bloomsbury West (169)
BurglaryHampstead Town (32)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (136)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFrognal (21)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (160)
DrugsSouth Hampstead (4)Camden Town & Mornington Crescent (133)
Other CrimeBelsize Park (1)Somers Town (35)
Other TheftFrognal (29)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (778)
Possession of WeaponsFortune Green (1)Somers Town (34)
Public OrderFrognal (13)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (229)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Fortune Green (5)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (152)
ShopliftingHighgate West (4)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (178)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Frognal (9)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (725)
Vehicle CrimeBloomsbury East (33)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (405)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFrognal (58)Holborn, St Giles & Bloomsbury South (579)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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%
Burglary-17%-46%-55%-41%-32%-38%-36%-16%-16%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-4%-27%+9%+5%-2%+17%+10%+26%-26%
Drugs-12%+13%+94%+21%+47%+18%-35%-8%-28%-37%
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%
Robbery-7%-65%-65%-50%-40%-28%-26%-57%-44%-47%
Shoplifting-39%-64%-68%-64%-20%-23%-11%-23%-41%-38%
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 borough 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.

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