Croydon Crime Overview

Croydon is among the top 20 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Croydon in 2020 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 4.6% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Croydon ranks as the the 41st most dangerous city, and the the 881st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Croydon had the worst crime rate in London for criminal damage and arson, with 213 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Croydon residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 541 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents. Croydon recorded 933 reports of violence and sexual offences during November 2020, making its crime rate of 2.4 the worst for violence and sexual offences in London that month.

The most common crimes in Croydon are violence and sexual offences, with 10,232 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 1.1% higher than 2019's figure of 10,119 offences and a difference of 0.29 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Croydon's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 247 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 3.2% from 2019's figure of 239 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Croydon This Year

 CroydonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14,31437.01386,65143.1417% safer
Bicycle Theft2470.6423,0182.57302% safer
Burglary2,1895.6656,3306.2911% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2,2825.9047,5635.3110% more dangerous
Drugs2,5156.5049,0295.4716% more dangerous
Other Crime4251.109,5341.063.6% more dangerous
Other Theft2,4866.4377,7838.6835% safer
Possession of Weapons3200.835,6020.6324% more dangerous
Public Order2,1615.5952,2705.834.3% safer
Robbery8652.2425,4802.8427% safer
Shoplifting1,1142.8832,9053.6727% safer
Theft From the Person4141.0731,8293.55232% safer
Vehicle Crime4,59711.8999,97811.166% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences10,23226.46211,94323.6511% more dangerous

Croydon Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Merton12,48760.4628% safer
Queen's Park91762.1224% safer
Barnet24,67062.3224% safer
Wandsworth22,35767.8114% safer
Redbridge21,04368.9412% safer
Croydon29,84777.18-
Ealing26,43977.350.22% more dangerous
Waltham Forest21,50577.640.59% more dangerous
Brent25,66477.820.82% more dangerous
Enfield26,03277.991.0% more dangerous
Hillingdon24,01478.251.4% more dangerous

Croydon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22202237Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.860.700.620.64Safer
Burglary7776Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs3.84.166Getting worse
Other Crime0.941.11.11.1Getting worse
Other Theft81086Safer
Possession of Weapons0.930.860.900.83Safer
Public Order5.0556Getting worse
Robbery3.02.82.92.2Safer
Shoplifting4.13.64.12.9Safer
Theft From the Person1.21.61.51.1Safer
Vehicle Crime9111212Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences24262626Getting worse

Comparing Croydon to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.508% safer
Sheffield73.994.3% safer
Kirklees74.234.0% safer
Croydon77.18-
Bradford79.192.5% more dangerous
London80.704.4% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0213% more dangerous
Bristol91.5716% more dangerous
Leeds91.9016% more dangerous
Leicester102.5125% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9427% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Croydon

What police force serves Croydon?
Croydon's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Croydon?
Croydon is among the top 20 safest cities in London.
What is Croydon's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Croydon are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Croydon?
Croydon's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021