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Crime and Safety in Croydon, London

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Croydon is among the top 20 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Croydon in 2021 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 5% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Croydon is the 24th safest city, and the 969th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Croydon had the worst crime rate in London for criminal damage and arson, with 235 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.61 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Croydon residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for violence and sexual offences, recording 1,140 crimes at a rate of 3.0 per 1,000 residents. Croydon recorded 222 reports of drugs during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.57 the worst for drugs in London that month.

The most common crimes in Croydon are violence and sexual offences, with 11,588 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 4.4% higher than 2020's figure of 11,078 offences and a difference of 1.32 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Croydon's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 199 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 33% from 2020's figure of 264 crimes.

Croydon 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Boroughs, London

4.6% lower, regional crime rate

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12% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Croydon is 4.6% lower than London and 12% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Croydon Crime Rate Over Time

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Croydon Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Croydon 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 Croydon

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20218231,894
20208332,181
20198231,718
20188030,789
20177629,380
20167529,070

Crime in Croydon Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Croydon This Year

 CroydonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11,46429.64303,00033.85 14% safer
Bicycle Theft1990.5121,5362.41 373% safer
Burglary2,0245.2352,4145.85 12% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2,6016.7353,1985.94 12% more dangerous
Drugs2,1395.5343,2274.83 13% more dangerous
Other Crime4921.2710,2651.15 9% more dangerous
Other Theft3,2878.5090,13710.07 18% safer
Possession of Weapons2600.675,0140.56 16% more dangerous
Public Order2,5396.5761,3056.85 4.3% safer
Robbery8342.1622,5282.52 17% safer
Shoplifting1,2803.3133,6743.76 14% safer
Theft From the Person5521.4339,8094.45 211% safer
Vehicle Crime4,09910.6098,51711.00 3.8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11,58829.97244,97527.36 9% more dangerous

Croydon Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redbridge23,71877.716% safer
Waltham Forest21,88179.004.4% safer
Hillingdon24,34679.344.0% safer
Ealing27,93381.720.93% safer
Brent27,08082.120.44% safer
Croydon31,89482.48-
Hounslow22,55583.070.71% more dangerous
Enfield28,41585.133.1% more dangerous
Lewisham26,12885.433.5% more dangerous
Barking and Dagenham18,48386.815.0% more dangerous
Greenwich25,03786.955% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Croydon

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Recent Crimes in Croydon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022DrugsOn or near North EndLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Avenue GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Southlands CloseLocal resolution
March 2022DrugsOn or near Benson RoadOffender given a caution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Russell Green CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ashburton GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Kidderminster RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shirley AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Cosedge CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St James'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Horsley DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sumner RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tavistock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Canal WalkLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near North EndLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fairlands AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Cobblestone PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Croydon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20224030 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.700.620.680.51 Safer
Burglary7765 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7667 Safer
Drugs4.1676 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.11.21.3 Getting worse
Other Theft9878 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.860.890.870.67 Safer
Public Order5.0567 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.82.92.42.2 Safer
Shoplifting3.64.13.13.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.51.21.4 Safer
Vehicle Crime11121311 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences26262930 Getting worse

Changes In Croydon's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Croydon's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Croydon that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Ashburton Playing Fields8-1--20.54
Bourne Park Recreation Ground6---134.4
Coulsdon Memorial Recreation Ground---1-20.74
Grange Park Recreation Ground2----00.48
Heathfield---1-10.46
Milne Park Recreation Ground2422--34.0
North Down Recreation Ground--1-500.51
Rotary Field Recreation Ground29-2-2120
Rowdown Fields6---761.6
Sanderstead Recreation Ground61---11.0
Shirley Church Recreation Ground11----14.1
South Croydon Recreation Ground9----33.4
South Norwood Lake and Grounds6---110.91
Woodcote Grove Recreation Ground-----20.50

Comparing Croydon to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93107% safer
Birmingham49.6066% safer
Barnet67.0823% safer
Croydon82.48-
Sheffield90.038% more dangerous
Bristol90.529% more dangerous
Leicester111.5926% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0633% more dangerous
Bradford132.2838% more dangerous
Leeds150.9445% more dangerous

Crime in Croydon's Neighbourhoods

Selhurst South & West Croydon is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Croydon, followed by Central Croydon in second place, and Croydon Minster & Waddon North as the third most dangerous area. Croydon's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Sanderstead, Selsdon, and Woodmansterne.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Addiscombe East3796128th
Addiscombe North4945832nd
Addiscombe West1,173101Seventh
Broad Green & Waddon Marsh8479012th
Central Croydon2,330174Second
Coulsdon6797618th
Croham5646823rd
Croydon Minster & Waddon North2,071167Third
Crystal Palace Triangle6687021st
Forestdale5544834th
Kenley North2704239th
Kenley South2974338th
Monks Orchard3524437th
New Addington Central4816426th
New Addington North5416327th
New Addington South707105Sixth
Norbury East5356624th
Norbury West7197520th
Old Coulsdon3334436th
Park Hill & Lloyd Park3174535th
Purley Central8267817th
Purley North4866029th
Sanderstead2543343rd
Selhurst North1,021100Eighth
Selhurst South & West Croydon2,631229First
Selsdon2553442nd
Selsdon Park & Hamsey Green2183541st
Shirley East3875931st
Shirley West4786425th
South Norwood Central8629311th
South Norwood Hill7728714th
South Norwood Park5297022nd
Thornton Heath Central865107Fifth
Thornton Heath North East6277519th
Thornton Heath North West7098116th
Thornton Heath West4695533rd
University Hospital & Queen's Road1,552142Fourth
Upper Norwood5906030th
Waddon South9538813th
West Thornton North969100Ninth
West Thornton South & Ampere Way83195Tenth
Woodcote3054040th
Woodmansterne2433044th
Woodside & Ashburton7798515th

Croydon Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Croydon for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSanderstead (49)Selhurst South & West Croydon (913)
Bicycle TheftWaddon South (1)Central Croydon (30)
BurglaryNew Addington North (17)Selhurst South & West Croydon (145)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSanderstead (16)Selhurst South & West Croydon (172)
DrugsSelsdon (7)Selhurst South & West Croydon (305)
Other CrimeSanderstead (3)Selhurst South & West Croydon (38)
Other TheftSelsdon (18)Selhurst South & West Croydon (286)
Possession of WeaponsWoodmansterne (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (30)
Public OrderSanderstead (12)Central Croydon (240)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Selsdon Park & Hamsey Green (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (96)
ShopliftingNew Addington North (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (192)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Sanderstead (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (136)
Vehicle CrimeSelsdon Park & Hamsey Green (24)West Thornton South & Ampere Way (200)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWoodmansterne (72)Selhurst South & West Croydon (840)

Crime in Croydon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Croydon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Croydon saw a 250% increase in anti-social behaviour. Croydon saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 84% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Croydon's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+27%+250%+181%+87%+56%+75%+53%+43%+75%+85%
Bicycle Theft-26%-25%-9%-23%-4%+118%+18%+61%+60%+20%
Burglary-5%-25%-31%-1%-10%-13%-29%-20%-30%-26%
Criminal Damage and Arson-4%+10%-11%+12%+25%+23%+13%+9%-3%+15%
Drugs+2%+61%+41%-4%+0%--19%-1%+42%-
Other Crime+5%-12%-18%+18%+2%+48%+56%-51%+116%+3%
Other Theft-19%-44%-39%-26%-20%-8%+14%-14%-16%-4%
Possession of Weapons-28%+16%+9%-+20%-3%+32%-9%-14%-10%
Public Order+11%-36%-24%+51%+22%+59%+23%-15%+3%+26%
Robbery-19%-52%-42%-34%-4%+2%-19%-7%-30%+7%
Shoplifting-27%-50%-57%-42%-19%-7%-18%-15%-40%+8%
Theft From the Person+11%-84%-63%-63%-42%-33%+30%+22%+4%-29%
Vehicle Crime+41%-5%+3%+29%+54%+4%-5%-16%-23%-32%
Violence and Sexual Offences+9%+2%+3%+12%+3%+26%+19%+13%+7%+8%

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 most dangerous boroughs 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.

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