Enfield Crime Overview

Enfield is among the top 20 most dangerous 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 Enfield in 2020 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 3.3% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Enfield is the 24th safest city, and the 838th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Enfield had the worst crime rate in London for criminal damage and arson, with 195 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.58 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Enfield residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 413 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Enfield are violence and sexual offences, with 8,966 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 8,252 offences and a difference of 2.14 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Enfield's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 211 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 18% from 2019's figure of 248 crimes.

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Crime in Enfield Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Enfield This Year

 EnfieldLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14,78344.29416,48646.525% safer
Bicycle Theft2580.7724,3552.72253% safer
Burglary2,4497.3461,0906.827% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8615.5851,7285.783.6% safer
Drugs1,4374.3152,7895.9037% safer
Other Crime4051.2110,3371.155.0% more dangerous
Other Theft2,5147.5384,2109.4125% safer
Possession of Weapons2110.636,0140.676% safer
Public Order1,7975.3856,3686.3017% safer
Robbery1,0853.2527,5443.085% more dangerous
Shoplifting8852.6535,6593.9850% safer
Theft From the Person6311.8935,1173.92107% safer
Vehicle Crime5,76117.26107,68712.0330% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,96626.86229,97825.694.4% more dangerous

Enfield Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redbridge22,87374.9413% safer
Croydon32,18183.221.7% safer
Ealing28,57883.611.3% safer
Waltham Forest23,28184.050.73% safer
Hillingdon25,81384.120.64% safer
Enfield28,26084.66-
Brent27,93284.700.05% more dangerous
Greenwich24,72185.851.4% more dangerous
Hounslow23,38586.131.7% more dangerous
Barking and Dagenham18,44186.622.3% more dangerous
Lewisham26,97888.214.0% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Enfield

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Recent Crimes in Enfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Park LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Percival RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Ulster GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Bullsmoor CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Galahad RoadOffender given penalty notice
August 2021DrugsOn or near Standard RoadLocal resolution
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brigadier HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Brigadier HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near Broomfield LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chalkwell Park AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chalkwell Park AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Freemantle AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Freemantle AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Catisfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Enfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24242544Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.880.610.740.77Getting worse
Burglary8997Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6666Safer
Drugs2.82.63.04.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.891.21.11.2Getting worse
Other Theft9998Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.660.740.63Safer
Public Order3.74.44.55Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.93.853.2Safer
Shoplifting4.43.93.12.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.72.12.51.9Safer
Vehicle Crime12171717Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences21232527Getting worse

Changes In Enfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Enfield's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Enfield that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Botany Bay Cricket Club----100.32
Broomfield Park91-22795
Bury Lodge Park-----10.48
Craig Park22---327
Cuckoo Hall Recreation Ground411-131221
Durants Park-133300.51
Enfield Cricket Club41--156
Firs Farm Wetlands51---00.29
Grovelands Park14--2-00.43
Henry Barrass Recreation Ground----110.33
Hilly Fields Park264---50.98
North London Cricket Club264---522
Pymmes Park27248313134.3
Saracens Rugby Football Club1----40.68
Tottenham Park Cemetery321-556
Trent Park311--10.03
Whitewebbs Park1361-240.45
Whitewebbs Park173--130.56

Comparing Enfield to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7125% safer
Coventry77.419% safer
Croydon83.221.7% safer
Enfield84.66-
Sheffield85.811.3% more dangerous
Bristol86.211.8% more dangerous
Leicester97.4413% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8718% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2821% more dangerous
Bradford133.0236% more dangerous
Leeds137.1038% more dangerous

Crime in Enfield's Neighbourhoods

Edmonton Green is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Enfield, followed by Upper Edmonton East & Meridian Water in second place, and Southbury East as the third most dangerous area. Enfield's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Enfield Town North, Oakwood Park & Highlands, and World's End.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bowes7777223rd
Brimsdown & Ponders End736108Fourth
Brimsdown Avenue6807719th
Broomfield Park7976827th
Bullsmoor & Freezywater5447124th
Bury Street West & Village Road5736031st
Carterhatch & Forty Hall6406926th
Chase & Crews Hill7168414th
Chase Farm & The Ridgeway7038316th
Chase Side81995Ninth
Cockfosters & Hadley Wood5908217th
Edmonton Green1,643178First
Enfield Lock1,1248611th
Enfield Town North2744336th
Enfield Town South & Bush Hill Park1,00598Seventh
Enfield Wash8448513th
Grange Park3976230th
Haslebury North5796428th
Haslebury South90498Sixth
Lower Edmonton North7497420th
Lower Edmonton South1,04796Eighth
New Southgate & Arnos Grove6908118th
Oakwood Park & Highlands4324834th
Palmers Green East6217322nd
Palmers Green West6277025th
Ponders End South6937321st
Southbury East1,533134Third
Southbury West8208315th
Southgate92487Tenth
Southgate Green4205232nd
Tatem Park6376329th
Turkey Street8388612th
Upper Edmonton East & Meridian Water2,137172Second
Upper Edmonton West1,028101Fifth
Winchmore Hill3944933rd
World's End3124835th

Enfield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWorld's End (93)Edmonton Green (871)
Bicycle TheftBrimsdown Avenue (1)Edmonton Green (33)
BurglaryEnfield Town North (20)Cockfosters & Hadley Wood (87)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEnfield Town North (10)Edmonton Green (93)
DrugsOakwood Park & Highlands (5)Edmonton Green (168)
Other CrimeOakwood Park & Highlands (1)Brimsdown Avenue (25)
Other TheftOakwood Park & Highlands (19)Upper Edmonton East & Meridian Water (379)
Possession of WeaponsChase Side (1)Upper Edmonton East & Meridian Water (24)
Public OrderGrange Park (7)Edmonton Green (119)
Robbery (inc. mugging)World's End (7)Upper Edmonton East & Meridian Water (99)
ShopliftingTatem Park (1)Edmonton Green (105)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Oakwood Park & Highlands (2)Edmonton Green (98)
Vehicle CrimeEnfield Wash (82)Upper Edmonton East & Meridian Water (485)
Violence and Sexual OffencesGrange Park (56)Edmonton Green (477)

Crime in Enfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Enfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Enfield saw a 279% increase in anti-social behaviour. Enfield saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 85% compared to April in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Enfield's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+52%+279%+170%+67%+26%+40%+74%+58%+66%+77%
Bicycle Theft--31%-41%+70%-10%-31%+110%+53%+144%+30%
Burglary+4%-60%-45%-39%-24%-6%-26%-14%-36%-36%
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%-41%+8%-1%-1%+21%-10%+19%+14%-5%
Drugs+1%+97%+129%+91%+44%+12%+38%+51%+37%+7%
Other Crime-14%-32%-+22%+167%+26%+80%+29%+63%-40%
Other Theft-32%-31%-37%-40%-20%+1%+14%-12%+9%+3%
Possession of Weapons-+43%-9%-16%-26%-62%-33%-9%+77%-44%
Public Order+43%-12%-+22%+42%+66%+31%+9%-3%+18%
Robbery-21%-75%-65%-58%-44%-30%-30%-51%-44%-48%
Shoplifting-39%-41%-51%-4%+15%+25%+15%-16%-30%-30%
Theft From the Person-35%-85%-47%-58%-21%-23%--31%+2%-
Vehicle Crime-14%-19%-13%-6%+7%+8%+29%+8%+0%-17%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%+1%+15%+6%-2%+27%+16%+25%+5%+19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Enfield

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

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021