Ealing Crime Overview

Ealing is among the top 20 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Ealing in 2020 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 4.3% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Ealing ranks as the the 40th most dangerous city, and the the 875th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Ealing had the worst crime rate in London for criminal damage and arson, with 201 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.59 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Ealing residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 357 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Ealing are violence and sexual offences, with 8,328 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 4.6% lower than 2019's figure of 8,709 offences and a difference of 1.12 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Ealing's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 184 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 20% from 2019's figure of 220 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Ealing This Year

 EalingLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15,31744.81386,65143.143.7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft5831.7123,0182.5750% safer
Burglary2,0125.8956,3306.297% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,9075.5847,5635.314.8% more dangerous
Drugs1,9265.6349,0295.472.8% more dangerous
Other Crime3771.109,5341.063.6% more dangerous
Other Theft2,4897.2877,7838.6819% safer
Possession of Weapons1840.545,6020.6317% safer
Public Order2,0676.0552,2705.833.6% more dangerous
Robbery8032.3525,4802.8421% safer
Shoplifting9942.9132,9053.6726% safer
Theft From the Person4701.3831,8293.55157% safer
Vehicle Crime4,29912.5899,97811.1611% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,32824.36211,94323.652.9% more dangerous

Ealing Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Queen's Park91762.1225% safer
Barnet24,67062.3224% safer
Wandsworth22,35767.8114% safer
Redbridge21,04368.9412% safer
Croydon29,84777.180.22% safer
Ealing26,43977.35-
Waltham Forest21,50577.640.37% more dangerous
Brent25,66477.820.60% more dangerous
Enfield26,03277.990.82% more dangerous
Hillingdon24,01478.251.2% more dangerous
Greenwich22,95179.713.0% more dangerous

Ealing Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28283045Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.91.71.41.7Getting worse
Burglary8786Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666Safer
Drugs3.53.04.46Getting worse
Other Crime1.10.870.941.1Getting worse
Other Theft1010107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.550.640.54Safer
Public Order6666Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.42.53.72.4Safer
Shoplifting4.93.73.72.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.72.22.61.4Safer
Vehicle Crime11121513Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24262524Safer

Comparing Ealing to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.508% safer
Sheffield73.994.5% safer
Kirklees74.234.2% safer
Croydon77.180.22% safer
Ealing77.35-
Bradford79.192.3% more dangerous
London80.704.2% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0213% more dangerous
Bristol91.5716% more dangerous
Leeds91.9016% more dangerous
Leicester102.5125% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9427% more dangerous

Crime in Ealing During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ealing change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Ealing saw a 181% increase in bicycle theft. Ealing saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 78% compared to June in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Ealing's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+9%+167%+134%+49%+44%+62%+59%+39%+88%
Bicycle Theft-51%-51%-13%+13%+18%+28%+102%+181%+86%
Burglary-37%-38%-42%-33%-20%-25%-21%-2%-1%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-23%-6%-1%-1%+30%-3%+13%-14%
Drugs-1%+135%+75%+55%+3%+21%-1%+68%+83%
Other Crime+3%+17%-+40%+30%+137%+46%+54%+34%
Other Theft-34%-47%-30%-22%-16%-3%+15%-5%-17%
Possession of Weapons-58%+17%-35%+31%-38%-21%-24%+10%+85%
Public Order+8%-11%-7%+30%+12%+10%+43%+19%+9%
Robbery-41%-76%-61%-38%-2%-20%-6%+10%-22%
Shoplifting-34%-52%-53%-44%-12%+18%+22%+5%-21%
Theft From the Person-46%-69%-75%-78%-65%-44%+36%-33%-56%
Vehicle Crime-27%-15%-23%-11%+8%+17%+9%-9%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%-14%+6%-3%+6%+25%+11%+2%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ealing

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

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021