Havering Crime Overview

Havering is among the top 10 safest cities in London, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Havering in 2020 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 36% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Havering is among the top 20 safest cities, and the 1,781st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Havering are violence and sexual offences, with 5,578 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 3.5% lower than 2019's figure of 5,774 offences and a difference of 0.76 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Havering's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 117 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 24% from 2019's figure of 145 crimes.

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Crime in Havering Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Havering This Year

 HaveringLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8,41932.44416,48646.5243% safer
Bicycle Theft1620.6224,3552.72339% safer
Burglary1,2954.9961,0906.8237% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,1514.4351,7285.7830% safer
Drugs1,1234.3352,7895.9036% safer
Other Crime2711.0410,3371.1511% safer
Other Theft1,5555.9984,2109.4157% safer
Possession of Weapons1170.456,0140.6749% safer
Public Order1,1584.4656,3686.3041% safer
Robbery4061.5627,5443.0897% safer
Shoplifting1,1814.5535,6593.9813% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2851.1035,1173.92256% safer
Vehicle Crime2,4359.38107,68712.0328% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,57821.49229,97825.6920% safer

Havering Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrow15,14460.307% safer
Kingston upon Thames10,77060.676% safer
Richmond upon Thames12,29862.113.7% safer
Sutton12,87262.383.3% safer
Bexley15,59562.812.5% safer
Havering16,71764.41-
Merton13,45365.131.1% more dangerous
Bromley21,68465.251.3% more dangerous
Barnet26,80667.714.9% more dangerous
Wandsworth24,28273.6513% more dangerous
Redbridge22,87374.9414% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Havering

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Havering Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18171832Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.740.630.650.62Safer
Burglary9875.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson764.94.4Safer
Drugs1.71.92.74.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.830.880.951.0Getting worse
Other Theft8876Safer
Possession of Weapons0.450.620.560.45Safer
Public Order4.04.44.44.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.32.62.61.6Safer
Shoplifting54.554.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.41.61.1Safer
Vehicle Crime1011109Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21222221Safer

Changes In Havering's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Havering's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bedfords Park12---100.37
Brittons Playing Fields101--111.2
Central Park22--320.75
Collier Row Recreation Ground2-24-87
Cottons Park8-111403.7
Dagnam Park13---220.39
Hacton Parkway812-51316
Harrow Lodge Park497123252.0
Havering Country Park12--250.15
Haynes Park1----10.17
Hornchurch Country Park-4--100.06
Jutsums Recreation Ground--11112.3
Lawns Recreation Ground7---101.1
Lodge Farm Park5---311.9
Romford and Gidea Park Rugby Football Club8-111406

Comparing Havering to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Havering64.41-
Barnet67.714.9% more dangerous
Coventry77.4117% more dangerous
Croydon83.2223% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8125% more dangerous
Bristol86.2125% more dangerous
Leicester97.4434% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8737% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2840% more dangerous
Bradford133.0252% more dangerous
Leeds137.1053% more dangerous

Crime in Havering's Neighbourhoods

Central Romford is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Havering, followed by Harold Hill East in second place, and Collier Row & Park Farm as the third most dangerous area. Havering's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Emerson Park, Hacton, and Romford East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ardleigh Green5585417th
Central Romford2,511244First
Collier Row & Park Farm67280Third
Cranham East2653327th
Dagnam Park & Noak Hill5056512th
Elm Park East3564720th
Elm Park West3944523rd
Emerson Park1743030th
Gidea Park4734819th
Hacton2283129th
Harold Hill East1,11898Second
Harold Hill West54874Fourth
Harold Park & Harold Wood63568Ninth
Havering-atte-Bower & Chase Cross4134621st
Hornchurch5256611th
Hornchurch Marshes73074Sixth
Hylands4535416th
Petersfield Avenue & Duck Wood64768Eighth
Rainham East & Wennington3916014th
Rainham West47169Seventh
Rise Park3174224th
Romford East3113328th
Romford North3724025th
Romford North West5866313th
Romford South71374Fifth
Rush Green89168Tenth
South Hornchurch4235318th
Upminster Bridge4775515th
Upminster North & Cranham West2964522nd
Upminster South & Corbets Tey2653426th

Havering Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourEmerson Park (71)Central Romford (835)
Bicycle TheftRomford East (1)Central Romford (35)
BurglaryUpminster South & Corbets Tey (17)Central Romford (75)
Criminal Damage and ArsonRise Park (10)Central Romford (149)
DrugsRomford East (8)Central Romford (241)
Other CrimeCranham East (3)Central Romford (25)
Other TheftEmerson Park (9)Central Romford (301)
Possession of WeaponsHylands (1)Central Romford (25)
Public OrderRomford East (14)Central Romford (196)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hacton (1)Central Romford (83)
ShopliftingHavering-atte-Bower & Chase Cross (1)Central Romford (482)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Romford East (1)Central Romford (143)
Vehicle CrimeElm Park West (45)Rainham East & Wennington (100)
Violence and Sexual OffencesEmerson Park (54)Central Romford (639)

Crime in Havering During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Havering change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Havering saw a 276% increase in anti-social behaviour. Havering saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019. Possession of Weapons saw a fall in every month of Havering's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+10%+276%+234%+93%+35%+35%+53%+72%+79%+81%
Bicycle Theft-12%-64%-53%+20%-23%+56%+100%+63%-+17%
Burglary+6%-58%-56%-56%-52%-51%+1%-23%-59%-32%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-44%-34%-19%-11%+12%+2%-20%+13%-20%
Drugs+53%+110%+78%+124%+142%-15%+41%+14%+47%+98%
Other Crime-4%+5%-21%+33%+43%-32%+35%+50%+50%-5%
Other Theft-28%-65%-52%-28%-20%+12%+43%-12%-18%-16%
Possession of Weapons-35%-43%-8%+100%-30%-57%-44%-8%-40%-29%
Public Order-23%-34%-19%-4%+20%+38%-4%+24%-16%-12%
Robbery-60%-80%-75%-10%-32%-11%-5%-30%-43%-10%
Shoplifting-6%-63%-49%-52%+32%+15%+24%-25%-9%-12%
Theft From the Person-24%-89%-83%-70%-22%+29%+11%-13%-9%-38%
Vehicle Crime-12%-39%-39%-21%+10%+1%+14%-21%-25%-12%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-24%-15%-5%-4%+16%-9%+10%+4%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Havering

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021