Greenwich Crime Overview

Greenwich is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Greenwich in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 1.2% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Greenwich ranks as the the 32nd most dangerous city, and the the 799th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Greenwich had the worst crime rate in London for other crime, with 37 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2019 was also a bad month for Greenwich residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 188 crimes at a rate of 0.65 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Greenwich are violence and sexual offences, with 7,878 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 8,440 offences and a difference of 1.95 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Greenwich's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 208 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 5% from 2019's figure of 219 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Greenwich This Year

 GreenwichLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10,85237.69386,65143.1414% safer
Bicycle Theft4351.5123,0182.5770% safer
Burglary1,5105.2456,3306.2920% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8196.3247,5635.3116% more dangerous
Drugs1,7306.0149,0295.479% more dangerous
Other Crime3881.359,5341.0621% more dangerous
Other Theft2,0086.9777,7838.6825% safer
Possession of Weapons2080.725,6020.6312% more dangerous
Public Order1,8096.2852,2705.837% more dangerous
Robbery7272.5225,4802.8413% safer
Shoplifting1,1894.1332,9053.6711% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3091.0731,8293.55232% safer
Vehicle Crime2,94110.2199,97811.169% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7,87827.36211,94323.6514% more dangerous

Greenwich Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ealing26,43977.353.1% safer
Waltham Forest21,50577.642.7% safer
Brent25,66477.822.4% safer
Enfield26,03277.992.2% safer
Hillingdon24,01478.251.9% safer
Greenwich22,95179.71-
Barking and Dagenham17,02079.940.29% more dangerous
Hounslow21,72980.030.40% more dangerous
Lewisham24,81981.151.8% more dangerous
Newham30,15485.397% more dangerous
Lambeth28,01585.937% more dangerous

Greenwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21202338Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.31.21.5Getting worse
Burglary8895Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9776Safer
Drugs3.02.84.16Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.41.31.4Safer
Other Theft1011107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.640.760.72Getting worse
Public Order6666Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.22.33.02.5Getting worse
Shoplifting6564.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.01.82.21.1Safer
Vehicle Crime11121510Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27292927Safer

Comparing Greenwich to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5011% safer
Sheffield73.998% safer
Kirklees74.237% safer
Croydon77.183.3% safer
Bradford79.190.66% safer
Greenwich79.71-
London80.701.2% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0210% more dangerous
Bristol91.5713% more dangerous
Leeds91.9013% more dangerous
Leicester102.5122% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9425% more dangerous

Crime in Greenwich During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Greenwich change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Greenwich saw a 292% increase in anti-social behaviour. Greenwich saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019. Greenwich saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+292%+191%+94%+34%+71%+56%+41%+113%
Bicycle Theft-44%-52%-30%+24%+100%+225%+94%+108%+58%
Burglary-55%-63%-53%-42%-20%-18%-10%-12%-27%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-28%-24%-13%+1%+37%-22%-22%+4%
Drugs+4%+188%+264%+73%+27%-4%+8%+12%+54%
Other Crime-28%+28%+18%+32%+3%-3%+22%-5%-24%
Other Theft-21%-41%-30%-37%-28%-17%--9%-23%
Possession of Weapons-26%-56%+29%-15%+6%-18%-21%+47%+18%
Public Order-16%+3%-5%+12%+34%+25%+19%+33%+8%
Robbery-7%-31%-59%-7%-17%+30%-16%-44%-1%
Shoplifting-28%-51%-68%-21%-17%-45%-15%-14%-34%
Theft From the Person--91%-76%-51%-56%-29%-11%-59%-64%
Vehicle Crime-16%-51%-33%-45%-21%-40%-15%-28%-27%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%-18%+8%-1%-2%+14%-9%+1%+4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Greenwich

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

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021