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Crime and Safety in Islington

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Islington is among the top 10 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Islington in 2021 was 102 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Islington is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 522nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2018, Islington had the worst crime rate in London for robbery, with 192 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.79 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2016 was also a bad month for Islington residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 459 crimes at a rate of 1.9 per 1,000 residents. Islington recorded 78 reports of bicycle theft during February 2016, making its crime rate of 0.32 the worst for bicycle theft in London that month.

The most common crimes in Islington are violence and sexual offences, with 7,027 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 6,354 offences and a difference of 2.77 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Islington's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 150 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 13% from 2020's figure of 170 crimes.

Islington 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Boroughs, London

16% higher, regional crime rate

London

29% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Islington is 16% higher than London and 29% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Islington Crime Rate Over Time

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Islington Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Islington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202110224,816
202010625,583
201912530,344
201812329,765
201713332,231
201611427,547

Crime in Islington Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Islington This Year

 IslingtonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10,03841.40303,00033.85 18% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,0764.4421,5362.41 46% more dangerous
Burglary1,7897.3852,4145.85 21% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4706.0653,1985.94 2.0% more dangerous
Drugs1,1124.5943,2274.83 5% safer
Other Crime2410.9910,2651.15 16% safer
Other Theft2,82611.6690,13710.07 14% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1500.625,0140.56 10% more dangerous
Public Order2,1158.7261,3056.85 21% more dangerous
Robbery1,0004.1222,5282.52 39% more dangerous
Shoplifting9353.8633,6743.76 2.6% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2,80311.5639,8094.45 62% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,2729.3798,51711.00 17% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7,02728.98244,97527.36 6% more dangerous

Islington Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Greenwich25,03786.9518% safer
Newham32,82892.9610% safer
Lambeth31,36296.196% safer
Tower Hamlets31,62197.375% safer
Southwark31,37998.424.0% safer
Islington24,816102.35-
Hammersmith and Fulham19,100103.160.79% more dangerous
Hackney29,610105.332.8% more dangerous
Haringey28,390105.683.2% more dangerous
Camden28,855106.864.2% more dangerous
Westminster49,381188.9746% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Islington

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Recent Crimes in Islington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hanley GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near City Garden RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Angel MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Highcroft RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Tyndale LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Douglas Road NorthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Dickenson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near St Paul'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Greenman StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Calshot StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Elliott'S PlaceLocal resolution
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Roman WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bartholomew SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rollit StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Mitchison RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Hurlock StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Highbury CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Angel MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cromartie RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Islington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27335741 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.84.064.4 Safer
Burglary111197 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666 Safer
Drugs4.9564.6 Safer
Other Crime1.21.10.970.99 Safer
Other Theft17211212 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.890.930.700.62 Safer
Public Order8889 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)674.94.1 Safer
Shoplifting664.43.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)13151112 Safer
Vehicle Crime1212109 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31292629 Safer

Changes In Islington's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Islington's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Islington that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Caledonian Park11111-710

Comparing Islington to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93156% safer
Birmingham49.60106% safer
Barnet67.0853% safer
Croydon82.4824% safer
Sheffield90.0314% safer
Bristol90.5213% safer
Islington102.35-
Leicester111.598% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0617% more dangerous
Bradford132.2823% more dangerous
Leeds150.9432% more dangerous

Crime in Islington's Neighbourhoods

Angel is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Islington, followed by Finsbury Park West in second place, and Old Street & St Luke's as the third most dangerous area. Islington's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Hilldrop, Newington Green, and Tufnell Park East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Angel2,028190First
Archway East7717816th
Archway West1,114126Seventh
Barnsbury East7427418th
Barnsbury West7297915th
Caledonian Road1,2529611th
Canonbury East & Mildmay Park9378114th
Clerkenwell1,728111Eighth
Finsbury Park West1,594154Second
Gillespie Road1,03497Tenth
Highbury6627419th
Highbury Fields1,329139Fifth
Highcroft & Holly Park7297320th
Hilldrop5536423rd
Holloway Nag's Head1,220132Sixth
Islington East & Arlington8328913th
Islington North & Canonbury West1,0459212th
King's Cross & Pentonville1,400143Fourth
Lower Holloway1,0897517th
Newington Green6397121st
Old Street & St Luke's1,766145Third
Tollington1,150101Ninth
Tufnell Park East5756722nd

Islington Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBarnsbury East (213)Archway West (607)
Bicycle TheftArchway East (10)Angel (103)
BurglaryHilldrop (35)Angel (107)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHighbury (30)Finsbury Park West (92)
DrugsTufnell Park East (12)Finsbury Park West (123)
Other CrimeLower Holloway (5)Finsbury Park West (20)
Other TheftIslington East & Arlington (46)Angel (311)
Possession of WeaponsIslington East & Arlington (2)Finsbury Park West (15)
Public OrderHighcroft & Holly Park (45)King's Cross & Pentonville (187)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hilldrop (12)Highbury Fields (75)
ShopliftingHighcroft & Holly Park (1)Angel (250)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Highcroft & Holly Park (16)Angel (294)
Vehicle CrimeBarnsbury West (43)Old Street & St Luke's (192)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNewington Green (174)Finsbury Park West (473)

Crime in Islington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Islington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Islington saw a 208% increase in anti-social behaviour. Islington saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 82% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Islington's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+26%+208%+200%+100%+58%+49%+44%+57%+84%+69%
Bicycle Theft+67%-12%+32%+57%+32%+157%+80%+50%+92%+29%
Burglary-26%-30%-18%-8%-30%-6%-14%-28%-8%-28%
Criminal Damage and Arson+5%-23%-2%-2%+8%+22%+15%-20%+2%+11%
Drugs+5%+44%+60%+55%+13%-11%+6%+1%-5%-24%
Other Crime-23%-26%-38%-10%-55%+21%+62%-15%-22%-20%
Other Theft-38%-75%-71%-61%-47%-28%-21%-35%-53%-59%
Possession of Weapons-43%-35%-5%-50%-60%-46%-+7%+55%-47%
Public Order-22%-21%-6%+18%+8%+77%+30%+18%-3%-21%
Robbery-10%-72%-62%-55%-51%-25%-4%-27%-49%-11%
Shoplifting-43%-61%-49%-36%-12%-15%+3%-18%-39%-57%
Theft From the Person-3%-82%-80%-75%-61%-38%-12%-37%-32%-7%
Vehicle Crime-28%-44%-25%+1%+9%+20%-18%-25%-4%-19%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-28%-18%-6%-5%+21%+10%-20%-22%-10%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Islington

What police force serves Islington?
Islington's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.

How dangerous is Islington?
Islington is among the top 10 most dangerous boroughs in London.

What is Islington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Islington are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Islington?
Islington's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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