Enfield Crime Overview

Enfield is among the top 20 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Enfield in 2020 was 78 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 3.5% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Enfield ranks as the the 37th most dangerous city, and the the 852nd 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. November 2020 was also a bad month for Enfield residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 527 crimes at a rate of 1.6 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Enfield are violence and sexual offences, with 8,199 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 0.65% lower than 2019's figure of 8,252 offences and a difference of 0.16 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Enfield's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 201 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 23% from 2019's figure of 248 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Enfield This Year

 EnfieldLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13,74341.17386,65143.144.8% safer
Bicycle Theft2450.7323,0182.57252% safer
Burglary2,2636.7856,3306.297% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7035.1047,5635.314.1% safer
Drugs1,3584.0749,0295.4734% safer
Other Crime3841.159,5341.068% more dangerous
Other Theft2,2896.8677,7838.6827% safer
Possession of Weapons2010.605,6020.635% safer
Public Order1,6685.0052,2705.8317% safer
Robbery1,0053.0125,4802.846% more dangerous
Shoplifting8212.4632,9053.6749% safer
Theft From the Person5481.6431,8293.55116% safer
Vehicle Crime5,34816.0299,97811.1630% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,19924.56211,94323.653.7% more dangerous

Enfield Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redbridge21,04368.9413% safer
Croydon29,84777.181.0% safer
Ealing26,43977.350.83% safer
Waltham Forest21,50577.640.45% safer
Brent25,66477.820.22% safer
Enfield26,03277.99-
Hillingdon24,01478.250.33% more dangerous
Greenwich22,95179.712.2% more dangerous
Barking and Dagenham17,02079.942.4% more dangerous
Hounslow21,72980.032.5% more dangerous
Lewisham24,81981.153.9% more dangerous

Enfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24242541Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.880.610.740.73Safer
Burglary8997Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6665Safer
Drugs2.82.63.04.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.891.21.11.2Getting worse
Other Theft9997Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.660.740.60Safer
Public Order3.74.44.55Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.93.853.0Safer
Shoplifting4.43.93.12.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.72.12.51.6Safer
Vehicle Crime12171716Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences21232525Getting worse

Comparing Enfield to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.509% safer
Sheffield73.995% safer
Kirklees74.235% safer
Croydon77.181.0% safer
Enfield77.99-
Bradford79.191.5% more dangerous
London80.703.4% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0212% more dangerous
Bristol91.5715% more dangerous
Leeds91.9015% more dangerous
Leicester102.5124% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9426% more dangerous

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. Robbery saw a fall in every month of Enfield's lockdown.

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

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 safest 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: 01 Mar 2021