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Crime and Safety in Greenwich

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Greenwich is among the top 20 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Greenwich in 2021 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 0.23% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Greenwich is the 26th most dangerous city, and the 841st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Greenwich had the worst crime rate in London for possession of weapons, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Greenwich residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 37 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Greenwich recorded 188 reports of criminal damage and arson during September 2019, making its crime rate of 0.65 the worst for criminal damage and arson in London that month.

The most common crimes in Greenwich are violence and sexual offences, with 9,054 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 8,457 offences and a difference of 2.07 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Greenwich's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 205 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 9% from 2020's figure of 223 crimes.

Greenwich 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Boroughs, London

0.79% higher, regional crime rate

London

16% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Greenwich is 0.79% higher than London and 16% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Greenwich Crime Rate Over Time

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Greenwich Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Greenwich represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Greenwich

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20218725,037
20208624,721
20199427,126
20188925,506
20178624,856
20168022,992

Crime in Greenwich Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Greenwich This Year

 GreenwichLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8,35029.00303,00033.85 17% safer
Bicycle Theft5671.9721,5362.41 22% safer
Burglary1,5825.4952,4145.85 7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,9486.7753,1985.94 12% more dangerous
Drugs1,6135.6043,2274.83 14% more dangerous
Other Crime3831.3310,2651.15 14% more dangerous
Other Theft2,4028.3490,13710.07 21% safer
Possession of Weapons2050.715,0140.56 21% more dangerous
Public Order2,1377.4261,3056.85 8% more dangerous
Robbery5231.8222,5282.52 38% safer
Shoplifting1,2024.1733,6743.76 10% more dangerous
Theft From the Person4041.4039,8094.45 218% safer
Vehicle Crime3,01710.4898,51711.00 5.0% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9,05431.44244,97527.36 13% more dangerous

Greenwich Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Croydon31,89482.485% safer
Hounslow22,55583.074.7% safer
Enfield28,41585.132.1% safer
Lewisham26,12885.431.8% safer
Barking and Dagenham18,48386.810.16% safer
Greenwich25,03786.95-
Newham32,82892.966% more dangerous
Lambeth31,36296.1910% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets31,62197.3711% more dangerous
Southwark31,37998.4212% more dangerous
Islington24,816102.3515% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Greenwich

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Recent Crimes in Greenwich

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022DrugsOn or near Anglesea AvenueLocal resolution
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Tom Cribb RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fantail CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woolwich Church StreetOffender given a caution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Everest RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Myrtledene RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lipton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Federation RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gourock RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Charlton DeneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cambridge RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Durham RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Renaissance WalkLocal resolution
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Thames StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Felixstowe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Anglesea AvenueLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Carnation StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Greenwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20234029 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.31.11.62.0 Getting worse
Burglary8965 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7777 Safer
Drugs2.74.166 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.31.41.3 Safer
Other Theft111088 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.640.760.770.71 Getting worse
Public Order6677 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.33.02.61.8 Safer
Shoplifting564.54.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.82.21.21.4 Safer
Vehicle Crime12151110 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29292931 Getting worse

Changes In Greenwich's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Greenwich's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Greenwich that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Abbey Wood Park--2-857
Birchmere Park--1-300.46
Cator Park301-22105
Eaglesfield-1---10.55
Ecology Park35832122919
Greening Street Green----318
Greenwich Park214116110.48
Kidbrooke Green Park5----32.5
King George's Field-----21.1
Royal Military Academy Cricket Ground-1---00.32
Shrewsbury Park-----10.07
St Alfege Recreation Ground2--1-03.4
Sutcliffe Park26121652.4
Woolwich Common----100.02

Comparing Greenwich to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93118% safer
Birmingham49.6075% safer
Barnet67.0830% safer
Croydon82.485% safer
Greenwich86.95-
Sheffield90.033.4% more dangerous
Bristol90.523.9% more dangerous
Leicester111.5922% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0629% more dangerous
Bradford132.2834% more dangerous
Leeds150.9442% more dangerous

Crime in Greenwich's Neighbourhoods

Greenwich Peninsula is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Greenwich, followed by Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside in second place, and Eltham South as the third most dangerous area. Greenwich's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Charlton Slopes, Eltham North, and Shooters Hill.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbey Wood North971101Eighth
Abbey Wood South4506127th
Avery Hill4106622nd
Blackheath Standard & Village4777419th
Charlton Slopes4005432nd
Charlton Village6718513th
Eltham North2323433rd
Eltham Park5288414th
Eltham South931140Third
Eltham West6097418th
Greenwich & Deptford Creekside8587121st
Greenwich East988108Sixth
Greenwich Peninsula1,972151First
Greenwich Town & Park1,179120Fourth
Hornfair Park78694Tenth
Kidbrooke North4106225th
Kidbrooke South7407120th
Middlepark & Horn Park6738215th
Mottingham East4186029th
New Eltham4096224th
Plumstead Common & Riverside7346323rd
Plumstead High Street1,053100Ninth
Plumstead South3926128th
Shooters Hill4165531st
Thamesmead Birchmere Park4606226th
West Thamesmead1,2277617th
Westcombe Park & Maze Hill3855630th
Wickham Lane & Winns Common6318512th
Woolwich Common735103Seventh
Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside2,283151Second
Woolwich Glyndon6628611th
Woolwich South1,283113Fifth
Woolwich West6427916th

Greenwich Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourEltham North (74)Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside (854)
Bicycle TheftMiddlepark & Horn Park (1)Greenwich Town & Park (98)
BurglaryMiddlepark & Horn Park (18)Greenwich Peninsula (165)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEltham North (16)Greenwich Peninsula (137)
DrugsWestcombe Park & Maze Hill (6)Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside (253)
Other CrimeShooters Hill (2)Middlepark & Horn Park (28)
Other TheftEltham North (21)Greenwich Peninsula (239)
Possession of WeaponsWestcombe Park & Maze Hill (1)Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside (34)
Public OrderEltham North (9)Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside (235)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Charlton Slopes (2)Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside (69)
ShopliftingWoolwich West (1)Eltham South (120)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Eltham West (1)Greenwich Peninsula (74)
Vehicle CrimeWoolwich West (57)Kidbrooke North (118)
Violence and Sexual OffencesEltham North (73)Woolwich Common (352)

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 293% increase in anti-social behaviour. Greenwich saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 90% 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 other theft, robbery, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+4%+293%+191%+93%+34%+70%+55%+40%+113%+56%
Bicycle Theft-44%-52%-30%+24%+100%+225%+94%+108%+58%+171%
Burglary-55%-63%-53%-42%-20%-18%-10%-12%-27%-16%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-28%-24%-12%+1%+36%-22%-22%+5%-2%
Drugs+3%+187%+264%+72%+26%-4%+7%+12%+54%+48%
Other Crime-25%+28%+18%+36%+3%-3%+27%-7%-24%-42%
Other Theft-20%-41%-30%-38%-27%-19%--10%-23%-15%
Possession of Weapons-23%-56%+29%-15%+6%-18%-21%+41%+18%-11%
Public Order-16%+3%-5%+13%+34%+24%+18%+33%+8%-8%
Robbery-8%-34%-58%-7%-16%+30%-16%-44%-1%-47%
Shoplifting-28%-51%-67%-21%-18%-45%-15%-14%-34%-7%
Theft From the Person--90%-78%-51%-56%-29%-11%-59%-64%-29%
Vehicle Crime-16%-51%-33%-45%-20%-40%-15%-28%-26%-24%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%-18%+7%-1%-2%+13%-10%+1%+4%-17%

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 boroughs 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.

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