City of London Crime Overview

City of London is the most dangerous small town in London, and is the most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in City of London in 2020 was 612 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 86% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, City of London is the most dangerous small town, and among the top 10 most dangerous locations out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, City of London was the worst small town in London for bicycle theft, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.4 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for City of London residents, when it was London's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. City of London recorded 24 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 2.5 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in London that month.

The most common crime in City of London is other theft, with 1,150 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 118. This is 178% lower than 2019's figure of 3,193 offences and a difference of 210.16 from 2019's crime rate of 328. City of London's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 56 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 43% from 2019's figure of 80 crimes.

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Crime in City of London Compared To London

Summary of Crimes in City of London This Year

 City of LondonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour74676.74416,48646.5239% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft47849.1724,3552.7294% more dangerous
Burglary21522.1261,0906.8269% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson25526.2351,7285.7878% more dangerous
Drugs53154.6252,7895.9089% more dangerous
Other Crime10610.9010,3371.1589% more dangerous
Other Theft1,150118.3084,2109.4192% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons565.766,0140.6788% more dangerous
Public Order42143.3156,3686.3085% more dangerous
Robbery11912.2427,5443.0875% more dangerous
Shoplifting71473.4535,6593.9895% more dangerous
Theft From the Person73976.0235,1173.9295% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime18619.13107,68712.0337% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences975100.30229,97825.6974% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in City of London

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City of London Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12515212577Safer
Bicycle Theft35514949Getting worse
Burglary21353722Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson22263426Safer
Drugs23376355Getting worse
Other Crime10131811Safer
Other Theft144205328118Safer
Possession of Weapons4.1786Safer
Public Order23737143Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)6132012Safer
Shoplifting6710210773Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)6010814976Safer
Vehicle Crime18262219Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences85172194100Safer

Changes In City of London's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing City of London to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71803% safer
Coventry77.41690% safer
Croydon83.22635% safer
Sheffield85.81613% safer
Bristol86.21609% safer
Leicester97.44528% safer
Birmingham102.87494% safer
Liverpool107.28470% safer
Bradford133.02360% safer
Leeds137.10346% safer
City of London611.56-

Crime in City of London's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
City of London5,820599First

Crime in City of London During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in City of London change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when City of London saw a 110% increase in vehicle crime. City of London saw a large fall in other theft during May, when it fell by 95% compared to May in 2019. Rates of drugs and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during City of London's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-61%-70%-34%-43%-56%-40%-40%-38%-18%-9%
Bicycle Theft-6%-85%-69%-18%+9%+20%+76%+78%+96%-13%
Burglary-17%-7%-51%-74%-25%-58%-22%-59%-80%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+12%-74%-44%-64%+5%-11%-21%-18%-45%-25%
Drugs+15%-37%-22%-10%-17%-8%-16%-31%-20%-28%
Other Crime-8%-27%-64%-69%-50%-74%-68%-29%-50%-31%
Other Theft-32%-95%-95%-93%-77%-67%-60%-67%-83%-83%
Possession of Weapons+14%-+33%+13%-44%-20%-33%-80%-69%-44%
Public Order-30%-76%-70%-37%-51%-27%-6%-36%-44%-66%
Robbery-59%-86%-67%-78%-35%-7%-54%-63%-37%-45%
Shoplifting-33%-48%-80%-56%-32%-31%-15%-7%--30%
Theft From the Person-13%-72%-90%-85%-55%-75%-54%-68%-62%-81%
Vehicle Crime+110%-75%-43%-67%+21%+23%-23%-39%-58%-46%
Violence and Sexual Offences-28%-82%-64%-74%-57%-43%-54%-47%-72%-68%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in City of London

What police force serves City of London?
City of London's local territorial police force is the City of London Police.
How dangerous is City of London?
City of London is the most dangerous small town in London.
What is City of London's most common crime?
The most common crime in City of London is other theft.
What is the least common crime in City of London?
City of London's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021