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Crime and Safety in Hackney

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Hackney is among the top 5 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Hackney in 2021 was 105 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 20 most dangerous city, and the 498th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Hackney had the worst crime rate in London for bicycle theft, with 163 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.58 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Hackney residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 235 crimes at a rate of 0.84 per 1,000 residents. Hackney recorded 88 reports of robbery during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst for robbery in London that month.

The most common crimes in Hackney are violence and sexual offences, with 8,506 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 3.3% higher than 2020's figure of 8,223 offences and a difference of 1.01 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Hackney's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 220 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 21% from 2020's figure of 266 crimes.

Hackney 2022 Crime Scorecard

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18% higher, regional crime rate

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27% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hackney is 18% higher than London and 27% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hackney Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Hackney

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202110529,610
202010629,840
201911532,300
201811030,910
201711031,038
201610128,392

Crime in Hackney Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Hackney This Year

 HackneyLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11,73541.74303,00033.85 19% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,5955.6721,5362.41 57% more dangerous
Burglary2,4518.7252,4145.85 33% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,6455.8553,1985.94 1.5% safer
Drugs1,4545.1743,2274.83 7% more dangerous
Other Crime2951.0510,2651.15 10% safer
Other Theft3,19111.3590,13710.07 11% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2200.785,0140.56 28% more dangerous
Public Order2,2097.8661,3056.85 13% more dangerous
Robbery1,3234.7122,5282.52 46% more dangerous
Shoplifting7362.6233,6743.76 44% safer
Theft From the Person2,91310.3639,8094.45 57% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,07210.9398,51711.00 0.64% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,50630.26244,97827.36 10% more dangerous

Hackney Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lambeth31,36296.1910% safer
Tower Hamlets31,62197.378% safer
Southwark31,37998.427% safer
Islington24,816102.352.9% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham19,100103.162.1% safer
Hackney29,610105.33-
Haringey28,390105.680.33% more dangerous
Camden28,855106.861.4% more dangerous
Westminster49,381188.9744% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hackney

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Recent Crimes in Hackney

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Avebury StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Harvey StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Earlston GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Albert CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near New North RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Wardle StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sandbrook RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanborough PassageInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Holcroft RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Great Eastern StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Watermint QuayLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Buxted RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Nicholl StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cherry Tree CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cassland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Avebury StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Craven WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Earlston GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Gascoyne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Hackney Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28316242 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft6686 Safer
Burglary111299 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6666 Safer
Drugs4.8655 Getting worse
Other Crime0.950.961.01.0 Getting worse
Other Theft15161111 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.950.990.950.78 Safer
Public Order6788 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)6764.7 Safer
Shoplifting3.13.22.62.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)811810 Safer
Vehicle Crime12121111 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30292930 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0857% safer
Croydon82.4828% safer
Sheffield90.0517% safer
Bristol90.5216% safer
Coventry102.243.0% safer
Hackney105.33-
Leicester111.596% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0614% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6419% more dangerous
Bradford132.2820% more dangerous
Leeds150.9430% more dangerous

Crime in Hackney's Neighbourhoods

Shoreditch is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Hackney, followed by Hackney Central in second place, and London Fields & Mare Street as the third most dangerous area. Hackney's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Clapton Leaside, Stamford Hill West, and Stoke Newington East & Cazenove.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Amhurst Road & Pembury Estate8847324th
Brownswood7667822nd
Clapton Leaside6076426th
Clissold North730101Ninth
Clissold South5727723rd
Dalston East1,246119Seventh
Dalston Kingsland & De Beauvoir2,383154Fourth
Hackney Central1,592174Second
Hackney Downs1,0159511th
Hackney Marshes6159412th
Hackney Wick1,026137Fifth
Haggerston East9238715th
Haggerston West & Kingsland Basin1,2708616th
Homerton North5338021st
Homerton South1,467124Sixth
Hoxton & Wenlock8348319th
London Fields & Mare Street1,840157Third
Lower Clapton7838518th
Shoreditch3,918238First
South Hackney8178813th
Stamford Hill North7898220th
Stamford Hill South6136825th
Stamford Hill West4715327th
Stoke Newington East & Cazenove5065028th
Stoke Newington North6998517th
Stoke Newington South1,16097Tenth
Upper Clapton7588714th
Woodberry Down & Manor House850104Eighth

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 BehaviourStamford Hill West (193)Hackney Central (592)
Bicycle TheftStamford Hill West (10)London Fields & Mare Street (241)
BurglaryHaggerston East (39)Shoreditch (239)
Criminal Damage and ArsonStoke Newington East & Cazenove (39)Hackney Wick (79)
DrugsStoke Newington East & Cazenove (15)Shoreditch (193)
Other CrimeStoke Newington East & Cazenove (1)Hackney Central (22)
Other TheftStamford Hill West (46)Shoreditch (720)
Possession of WeaponsHoxton & Wenlock (2)London Fields & Mare Street (19)
Public OrderStoke Newington East & Cazenove (37)Hackney Central (144)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Stamford Hill West (9)Shoreditch (268)
ShopliftingHaggerston East (1)Hackney Central (125)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Stamford Hill West (9)Shoreditch (796)
Vehicle CrimeAmhurst Road & Pembury Estate (76)Dalston Kingsland & De Beauvoir (270)
Violence and Sexual OffencesStamford Hill West (143)Shoreditch (901)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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%
Burglary-37%-52%-19%-33%-20%+13%+2%-12%+0%-4%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%+12%-12%+11%+6%+29%+7%+16%+30%+7%
Drugs-45%-21%+67%-6%-28%-26%-12%+22%+3%-33%
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%
Robbery+8%-70%-53%-58%-41%-4%-1%-10%-15%-8%
Shoplifting-18%-55%-35%-39%-6%+17%-7%-24%-24%-34%
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 among the top 5 most dangerous borough 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.

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