City of London Crime Overview

City of London is the most dangerous city in London. The overall crime rate in City of London in 2020 was 556 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 85% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, City of London ranks as the the most dangerous city, and the among the top 10 most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crime in City of London is other theft, with 1,071 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 110. This is 188% lower than 2019's figure of 3,088 offences and a difference of 207.49 from 2019's crime rate of 318. City of London's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 50 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 54% from 2019's figure of 77 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in City of London This Year

 City of LondonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour64165.94386,65143.1435% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft45346.6023,0182.5794% more dangerous
Burglary19419.9656,3306.2968% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson22122.7347,5635.3177% more dangerous
Drugs47048.3549,0295.4789% more dangerous
Other Crime939.579,5341.0689% more dangerous
Other Theft1,071110.1777,7838.6892% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons505.145,6020.6388% more dangerous
Public Order38339.4052,2705.8385% more dangerous
Robbery10410.7025,4802.8473% more dangerous
Shoplifting65667.4832,9053.6795% more dangerous
Theft From the Person67068.9231,8293.5595% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime17017.4999,97811.1636% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences86689.09211,94323.6573% more dangerous

City of London Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hackney27,34597.27471% safer
Islington24,14699.58458% safer
Kensington and Chelsea16,253104.10434% safer
Camden28,903107.04419% safer
Westminster43,733167.36232% safer
City of London5,401555.60-

City of London Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11914612166Safer
Bicycle Theft34504947Getting worse
Burglary20333620Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson21263323Safer
Drugs23366248Getting worse
Other Crime10121810Safer
Other Theft140200318110Safer
Possession of Weapons4.1785Safer
Public Order22706939Safer
Robbery6122011Safer
Shoplifting6610110767Safer
Theft From the Person5810414169Safer
Vehicle Crime16252117Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8416718889Safer

Comparing City of London to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.50677% safer
Sheffield73.99651% safer
Kirklees74.23648% safer
Croydon77.18620% safer
Bradford79.19602% safer
London80.70588% safer
Birmingham89.02524% safer
Bristol91.57507% safer
Leeds91.90505% safer
Leicester102.51442% safer
Liverpool105.94424% safer
City of London555.60-

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 122% 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. City of London saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including anti-social behaviour, burglary, other crime, other theft, public order, robbery, shoplifting, theft from the person, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-60%-72%-35%-46%-60%-42%-41%-37%-20%
Bicycle Theft-9%-87%-69%-17%+7%+16%+76%+75%+96%
Burglary-21%-14%-51%-69%-22%-59%-23%-58%-79%
Criminal Damage and Arson+4%-73%-42%-63%+5%-22%-14%-19%-45%
Drugs+19%-39%-22%-7%-19%-6%-17%-33%-19%
Other Crime-8%-50%-64%-69%-50%-73%-68%-29%-53%
Other Theft-33%-95%-95%-93%-78%-67%-60%-65%-82%
Possession of Weapons+14%-+100%+29%-56%-20%-33%-80%-69%
Public Order-32%-75%-70%-37%-48%-30%-2%-37%-44%
Robbery-56%-86%-67%-83%-27%-7%-54%-61%-32%
Shoplifting-33%-48%-80%-57%-32%-31%-17%-7%-2%
Theft From the Person-17%-71%-89%-86%-55%-74%-52%-67%-61%
Vehicle Crime+122%-75%-50%-60%+28%+15%-19%-39%-58%
Violence and Sexual Offences-29%-86%-65%-73%-57%-47%-55%-47%-72%

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 Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is City of London?
City of London is the most dangerous city 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: 01 Mar 2021