Hackney Crime Overview

Hackney is the third most dangerous city in London, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hackney in 2020 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hackney is among the top 10 most dangerous cities, and the 413rd 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 306 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Hackney residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for public order, recording 193 crimes at a rate of 0.69 per 1,000 residents. Hackney recorded 149 reports of robbery during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.53 the worst for robbery in London that month.

The most common crimes in Hackney are violence and sexual offences, with 8,223 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 1.8% higher than 2019's figure of 8,076 offences and a difference of 0.52 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Hackney's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 266 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 4.1% from 2019's figure of 277 crimes.

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Crime in Hackney Compared To London

Summary of Crimes in Hackney This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17,35861.75416,48646.5225% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2,3098.2124,3552.7267% more dangerous
Burglary2,5519.0761,0906.8225% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7496.2251,7285.787% more dangerous
Drugs1,4925.3152,7895.9011% safer
Other Crime2871.0210,3371.1513% safer
Other Theft3,01610.7384,2109.4112% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2660.956,0140.6729% more dangerous
Public Order2,1787.7556,3686.3019% more dangerous
Robbery1,5775.6127,5443.0845% more dangerous
Shoplifting7452.6535,6593.9850% safer
Theft From the Person2,3258.2735,1173.9253% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,12211.11107,68712.038% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,22329.25229,97825.6912% more dangerous

Hackney Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tower Hamlets30,74094.6612% safer
Southwark31,82299.816% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham18,574100.326% safer
Haringey28,144104.761.3% safer
Islington25,583105.510.61% safer
Camden30,853114.267% more dangerous
Westminster48,182184.3842% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hackney

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Hackney Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour30283162Getting worse
Bicycle Theft6668Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7666Safer
Drugs3.94.865Getting worse
Other Crime0.890.950.961.0Getting worse
Other Theft13151611Safer
Possession of Weapons1.00.950.990.95Safer
Public Order7678Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)5676Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)128118Safer
Vehicle Crime11121211Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29302929Getting worse

Changes In Hackney's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Hackney's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Hackney that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Clapton Common11-3121212
Hackney Downs3121961.4
Hackney Marsh44-14681.2
Haggerston Park-121151.4
Mabley Green10----10.89
North Millfields Recreation Ground8----00.82
Shoreditch Park-----10.13
South Millfields Recreation Ground2----00.47
St Thomas's Recreation Ground113112898
Well Street Common3-1--20.69
West Hackney Recreation Ground-1-2-29

Comparing Hackney to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7157% safer
Coventry77.4137% safer
Croydon83.2228% safer
Sheffield85.8124% safer
Bristol86.2123% safer
Leicester97.449% safer
Birmingham102.873.2% safer
Liverpool107.281.1% more dangerous
Bradford133.0220% more dangerous
Leeds137.1023% more dangerous

Crime in Hackney's Neighbourhoods

Shoreditch is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Hackney, followed by Hackney Central in second place, and Dalston Kingsland & De Beauvoir as the third most dangerous area. Hackney's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Stamford Hill South, Stamford Hill West, and Stoke Newington East & Cazenove.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Amhurst Road & Pembury Estate9287622nd
Clapton Leaside6577025th
Clissold North6328715th
Clissold South5827920th
Dalston East1,507144Fifth
Dalston Kingsland & De Beauvoir2,611169Third
Hackney Central1,782195Second
Hackney Downs1,04498Eighth
Hackney Marshes5728716th
Hackney Wick1,043139Sixth
Haggerston East7797324th
Haggerston West & Kingsland Basin1,3209012th
Homerton North5067623rd
Homerton South1,472124Seventh
Hoxton & Wenlock8318319th
London Fields & Mare Street1,779152Fourth
Lower Clapton8278914th
South Hackney84491Tenth
Stamford Hill North7427721st
Stamford Hill South5966626th
Stamford Hill West4685327th
Stoke Newington East & Cazenove5045028th
Stoke Newington North7339013th
Stoke Newington South1,12795Ninth
Upper Clapton7468617th
Woodberry Down & Manor House7379011th

Hackney Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourStoke Newington East & Cazenove (387)Hackney Central (970)
Bicycle TheftWoodberry Down & Manor House (19)London Fields & Mare Street (295)
BurglaryStamford Hill South (37)Shoreditch (282)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHoxton & Wenlock (35)Hackney Central (100)
DrugsStoke Newington East & Cazenove (18)Shoreditch (195)
Other CrimeClissold North (1)Woodberry Down & Manor House (15)
Other TheftStamford Hill West (37)Shoreditch (621)
Possession of WeaponsStamford Hill South (1)Hackney Central (23)
Public OrderStoke Newington East & Cazenove (35)Hackney Central (186)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Stamford Hill West (16)Shoreditch (262)
ShopliftingHaggerston East (1)Hackney Central (141)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hackney Marshes (8)Shoreditch (699)
Vehicle CrimeStoke Newington East & Cazenove (57)Dalston Kingsland & De Beauvoir (365)
Violence and Sexual OffencesStoke Newington East & Cazenove (152)Hackney Wick (411)

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. Hackney saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, robbery, and shoplifting.

Anti-Social Behaviour+34%+319%+243%+103%+44%+64%+77%+78%+99%+90%
Bicycle Theft-41%-36%+7%+78%+48%+97%+174%+90%+79%+36%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%+12%-12%+11%+6%+29%+7%+16%+30%+7%
Other Crime-13%+26%--17%--23%+47%+8%-+28%
Other Theft-38%-66%-60%-41%-29%-19%+4%-16%-48%-41%
Possession of Weapons-41%-44%-+20%-13%+29%+4%+59%+33%+6%
Public Order--15%+14%+60%+18%+25%+43%+17%-7%+7%
Theft From the Person+5%-77%-80%-72%-49%-12%-3%-31%-7%+8%
Vehicle Crime-25%-40%-48%-20%+9%+3%+25%+15%+19%-3%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-18%-8%+9%0%+13%+18%+5%+6%+1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hackney

What police force serves Hackney?
Hackney's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Hackney?
Hackney is the third most dangerous city 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: 07 May 2021