Hackney Crime Overview

Hackney is among the top 10 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Hackney in 2020 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Hackney ranks as the among the top 20 most dangerous city, and the the 426th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Hackney had the worst crime rate in London for bicycle theft, with 296 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Hackney residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 262 crimes at a rate of 0.93 per 1,000 residents. Hackney recorded 146 reports of robbery during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.52 the worst for robbery in London that month.

The most common crimes in Hackney are violence and sexual offences, with 7,553 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 8,037 offences and a difference of 1.72 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Hackney's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 241 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 13% from 2019's figure of 272 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Hackney This Year

 HackneyLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16,21757.69386,65143.1425% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2,1577.6723,0182.5766% more dangerous
Burglary2,3128.2256,3306.2923% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,6135.7447,5635.317% more dangerous
Drugs1,3754.8949,0295.4712% safer
Other Crime2630.949,5341.0613% safer
Other Theft2,7909.9277,7838.6812% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2410.865,6020.6327% more dangerous
Public Order2,0197.1852,2705.8319% more dangerous
Robbery1,4275.0825,4802.8444% more dangerous
Shoplifting6832.4332,9053.6751% safer
Theft From the Person2,0377.2531,8293.5551% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,87510.2399,97811.169% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7,55326.87211,94323.6512% more dangerous

Hackney Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lambeth28,01585.9313% safer
Tower Hamlets28,51487.8011% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham17,11592.445% safer
Southwark29,61492.884.7% safer
Haringey25,57195.182.2% safer
Hackney27,34597.27-
Islington24,14699.582.3% more dangerous
Kensington and Chelsea16,253104.107% more dangerous
Camden28,903107.049% more dangerous
Westminster43,733167.3642% more dangerous
City of London5,401555.6082% more dangerous

Hackney Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30283258Getting worse
Bicycle Theft6658Getting worse
Burglary1011128Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666Safer
Drugs3.84.754.9Getting worse
Other Crime0.880.950.950.94Getting worse
Other Theft13141510Safer
Possession of Weapons1.00.940.970.86Safer
Public Order6677Getting worse
Robbery5575Safer
Shoplifting3.93.13.22.4Safer
Theft From the Person128117Safer
Vehicle Crime11121210Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29292927Safer

Comparing Hackney to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5036% safer
Sheffield73.9931% safer
Kirklees74.2331% safer
Croydon77.1826% safer
Bradford79.1923% safer
London80.7021% safer
Birmingham89.029% safer
Bristol91.576% safer
Leeds91.906% safer
Hackney97.27-
Leicester102.515% more dangerous
Liverpool105.948% more dangerous

Crime in Hackney During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hackney change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Hackney saw a 319% increase in anti-social behaviour. Hackney saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+34%+319%+240%+102%+45%+64%+77%+76%+96%
Bicycle Theft-36%-35%+9%+81%+48%+94%+168%+86%+80%
Burglary-37%-53%-17%-32%-22%+11%0%-13%-1%
Criminal Damage and Arson-21%+13%-12%+11%+3%+29%+1%+17%+32%
Drugs-45%-22%+64%-5%-27%-28%-13%+20%+5%
Other Crime-9%+26%--17%+10%-27%+47%+8%-
Other Theft-38%-66%-59%-42%-28%-19%+4%-18%-49%
Possession of Weapons-45%-44%-+20%-13%+29%+4%+59%+33%
Public Order-1%-14%+15%+59%+20%+25%+42%+16%-5%
Robbery+12%-70%-53%-57%-42%-5%-1%-9%-15%
Shoplifting-18%-55%-35%-39%-5%+17%-7%-23%-24%
Theft From the Person+4%-77%-80%-71%-49%-12%-3%-33%-9%
Vehicle Crime-25%-40%-47%-20%+9%+3%+24%+14%+20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-18%-7%+9%-1%+13%+18%+5%+7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hackney

What police force serves Hackney?
Hackney's local territorial police force is the City of London Police.
How dangerous is Hackney?
Hackney is among the top 10 most dangerous cities in London.
What is Hackney's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hackney are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Hackney?
Hackney's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021