Croydon Crime Overview

Croydon is among the top 20 safest cities in London, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Croydon in 2020 was 83 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 among the top 20 safest cities, and the 884th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Croydon had the worst crime rate in London for criminal damage and arson, with 217 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.56 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 869 reports of violence and sexual offences during December 2020, making its crime rate of 2.2 the worst for violence and sexual offences in London that month.

The most common crimes in Croydon are violence and sexual offences, with 11,078 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 10,076 offences and a difference of 2.59 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Croydon's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 264 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 9% from 2019's figure of 239 crimes.

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Crime in Croydon Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Croydon This Year

 CroydonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15,36439.73416,48646.5217% safer
Bicycle Theft2640.6824,3552.72300% safer
Burglary2,3336.0361,0906.8213% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2,4966.4551,7285.7810% more dangerous
Drugs2,6526.8652,7895.9014% more dangerous
Other Crime4571.1810,3371.152.5% more dangerous
Other Theft2,7097.0184,2109.4134% safer
Possession of Weapons3380.876,0140.6723% more dangerous
Public Order2,3226.0056,3686.305% safer
Robbery9412.4327,5443.0827% safer
Shoplifting1,2163.1435,6593.9827% safer
Theft From the Person4451.1535,1173.92241% safer
Vehicle Crime4,93012.75107,68712.036% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences11,07828.65229,97825.6910% more dangerous

Croydon Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Merton13,45365.1328% safer
Bromley21,68465.2528% safer
Barnet26,80667.7123% safer
Wandsworth24,28273.6513% safer
Redbridge22,87374.9411% safer
Croydon32,18183.22-
Ealing28,57883.610.47% more dangerous
Waltham Forest23,28184.050.99% more dangerous
Hillingdon25,81384.121.1% more dangerous
Enfield28,26084.661.7% more dangerous
Brent27,93284.701.7% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Croydon

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Croydon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22202240Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.860.700.620.68Safer
Burglary7776Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs3.84.167Getting worse
Other Crime0.931.11.11.2Getting worse
Other Theft8987Safer
Possession of Weapons0.940.860.890.87Safer
Public Order5.05.056Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.02.82.92.4Safer
Shoplifting4.13.64.13.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.61.51.2Safer
Vehicle Crime9111213Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences24262629Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7123% safer
Coventry77.418% safer
Croydon83.22-
Sheffield85.813.0% more dangerous
Bristol86.213.5% more dangerous
Leicester97.4415% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8719% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2822% more dangerous
Bradford133.0237% more dangerous
Leeds137.1039% 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 Park & Hamsey Green, and Woodmansterne.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Addiscombe East4166725th
Addiscombe North4775632nd
Addiscombe West1,06692Ninth
Broad Green & Waddon Marsh948101Eighth
Central Croydon2,266169Second
Coulsdon6367123rd
Croham5206229th
Croydon Minster & Waddon North1,982160Third
Crystal Palace Triangle7067418th
Forestdale5444734th
Kenley North2734338th
Kenley South2954239th
Monks Orchard3324140th
New Addington Central4946626th
New Addington North6167221st
New Addington South5848714th
Norbury East6508116th
Norbury West6917222nd
Old Coulsdon3574735th
Park Hill & Lloyd Park3104437th
Purley Central7276824th
Purley North4435533rd
Sanderstead2182844th
Selhurst North1,082106Seventh
Selhurst South & West Croydon2,531221First
Selsdon3494636th
Selsdon Park & Hamsey Green1953143rd
Shirley East4216427th
Shirley West4395931st
South Norwood Central8268911th
South Norwood Hill7748713th
South Norwood Park4796328th
Thornton Heath Central1,127139Fifth
Thornton Heath North East6327617th
Thornton Heath North West7598715th
Thornton Heath West6197320th
University Hospital & Queen's Road1,683154Fourth
Upper Norwood5986130th
Waddon South9518812th
West Thornton North1,146118Sixth
West Thornton South & Ampere Way80792Tenth
Woodcote3114141st
Woodmansterne2693342nd
Woodside & Ashburton6677319th

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 (80)Selhurst South & West Croydon (1,110)
Bicycle TheftForestdale (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (26)
BurglaryForestdale (26)Selhurst South & West Croydon (124)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSanderstead (10)Selhurst South & West Croydon (167)
DrugsWoodcote (3)Selhurst South & West Croydon (370)
Other CrimeSelsdon Park & Hamsey Green (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (30)
Other TheftSelsdon Park & Hamsey Green (7)Selhurst South & West Croydon (231)
Possession of WeaponsNorbury West (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (45)
Public OrderSanderstead (10)Selhurst South & West Croydon (194)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Sanderstead (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (100)
ShopliftingAddiscombe North (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (199)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Addiscombe North (1)Selhurst South & West Croydon (66)
Vehicle CrimeOld Coulsdon (51)West Thornton North (210)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWoodmansterne (69)Selhurst South & West Croydon (813)

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 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: 07 May 2021