Greenwich Crime Overview

Greenwich is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Greenwich in 2020 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 1.9% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Greenwich is the 27th safest city, and the 815th 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 8,457 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 0.24% higher than 2019's figure of 8,437 offences and a difference of 0.07 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Greenwich's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 223 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 2.2% from 2019's figure of 218 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Greenwich This Year

 GreenwichLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11,61940.35416,48646.5215% safer
Bicycle Theft4541.5824,3552.7272% safer
Burglary1,6525.7461,0906.8219% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,9846.8951,7285.7816% more dangerous
Drugs1,8706.4952,7895.909% more dangerous
Other Crime4051.4110,3371.1518% more dangerous
Other Theft2,1687.5384,2109.4125% safer
Possession of Weapons2230.776,0140.6713% more dangerous
Public Order1,9356.7256,3686.306% more dangerous
Robbery7642.6527,5443.0816% safer
Shoplifting1,3014.5235,6593.9812% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3531.2335,1173.92219% safer
Vehicle Crime3,15510.96107,68712.0310% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,45729.37229,97825.6913% more dangerous

Crime in Greenwich Compared To London

Greenwich Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ealing28,57883.612.7% safer
Waltham Forest23,28184.052.1% safer
Hillingdon25,81384.122.1% safer
Enfield28,26084.661.4% safer
Brent27,93284.701.4% safer
Greenwich24,72185.85-
Hounslow23,38586.130.33% more dangerous
Barking and Dagenham18,44186.620.89% more dangerous
Lewisham26,97888.212.7% more dangerous
Lambeth30,39593.238% more dangerous
Newham33,02993.538% more dangerous

Greenwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21202340Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.31.11.6Getting worse
Burglary8896Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9777Safer
Drugs3.02.74.16Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.41.31.4Getting worse
Other Theft1011108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.640.760.77Getting worse
Public Order6667Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.22.33.02.6Getting worse
Shoplifting6564.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.01.82.21.2Safer
Vehicle Crime11121511Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27292929Getting worse

Changes In Greenwich's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Greenwich to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7127% safer
Coventry77.4111% safer
Croydon83.223.2% safer
Sheffield85.810.05% safer
Greenwich85.85-
Bristol86.210.42% more dangerous
Leicester97.4412% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8717% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2820% more dangerous
Bradford133.0235% more dangerous
Leeds137.1037% 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 New Eltham.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbey Wood North1,026106Seventh
Abbey Wood South5177120th
Avery Hill3706027th
Blackheath Standard & Village4987717th
Charlton Slopes3624932nd
Charlton Village6748511th
Eltham North1932833rd
Eltham Park5338512th
Eltham South837126Third
Eltham West5596823rd
Greenwich & Deptford Creekside9988213th
Greenwich East1,063116Fifth
Greenwich Peninsula2,018155First
Greenwich Town & Park1,198122Fourth
Hornfair Park6678015th
Kidbrooke North4016126th
Kidbrooke South7287022nd
Middlepark & Horn Park6548016th
Mottingham East5538014th
New Eltham3495331st
Plumstead Common & Riverside7326324th
Plumstead High Street1,04099Eighth
Plumstead South3785928th
Shooters Hill4375729th
Thamesmead Birchmere Park4556125th
West Thamesmead1,1307021st
Westcombe Park & Maze Hill3705430th
Wickham Lane & Winns Common5557419th
Woolwich Common67094Ninth
Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside2,265150Second
Woolwich Glyndon5807518th
Woolwich South1,207107Sixth
Woolwich West70987Tenth

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 (124)Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside (1,164)
Bicycle TheftEltham North (1)Greenwich Town & Park (71)
BurglaryEltham North (16)Greenwich East (107)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNew Eltham (20)Mottingham East (82)
DrugsCharlton Slopes (9)Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside (300)
Other CrimePlumstead South (3)West Thamesmead (43)
Other TheftEltham North (12)Greenwich Peninsula (222)
Possession of WeaponsCharlton Slopes (1)Woolwich South (22)
Public OrderEltham North (2)Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside (228)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Shooters Hill (5)Greenwich Town & Park (76)
ShopliftingPlumstead Common & Riverside (1)Eltham South (119)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Eltham West (1)Greenwich Peninsula (62)
Vehicle CrimeAvery Hill (31)Greenwich Peninsula (243)
Violence and Sexual OffencesEltham North (59)Woolwich Dockyard, Arsenal & Charlton Riverside (679)

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 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 Apr 2021