Islington Crime Overview

Islington is among the top 5 most dangerous cities in London, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Islington in 2020 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 17% 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 10 most dangerous cities, and the 422nd 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 6,354 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 7,029 offences and a difference of 2.78 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Islington's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 170 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 226 crimes.

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Crime in Islington Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Islington This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13,87957.24416,48646.5219% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,4425.9524,3552.7254% more dangerous
Burglary2,1148.7261,0906.8222% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4566.0051,7285.783.7% more dangerous
Drugs1,4706.0652,7895.902.6% more dangerous
Other Crime2350.9710,3371.1519% safer
Other Theft2,92412.0684,2109.4122% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1700.706,0140.674.3% more dangerous
Public Order2,0498.4556,3686.3025% more dangerous
Robbery1,1974.9427,5443.0838% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0614.3835,6593.989% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2,58410.6635,1173.9263% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,52710.42107,68712.0315% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,35426.21229,97825.692.0% more dangerous

Islington Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Newham33,02993.5313% safer
Tower Hamlets30,74094.6611% safer
Southwark31,82299.816% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham18,574100.325% safer
Haringey28,144104.760.72% safer
Hackney29,840106.150.60% more dangerous
Camden30,853114.268% more dangerous
Westminster48,182184.3843% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Islington

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Islington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour29273357Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.94.84.06Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7766Safer
Drugs54.956Getting worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft16172112Safer
Possession of Weapons0.900.890.930.70Safer
Public Order7888Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)7674.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)25131511Safer
Vehicle Crime12121210Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28312926Safer

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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Caledonian Park11111-710

Comparing Islington to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7156% safer
Coventry77.4136% safer
Croydon83.2227% safer
Sheffield85.8123% safer
Bristol86.2122% safer
Leicester97.448% safer
Birmingham102.872.6% safer
Liverpool107.281.6% more dangerous
Bradford133.0221% more dangerous
Leeds137.1023% more dangerous

Crime in Islington's Neighbourhoods

Angel is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Islington, followed by Highbury Fields in second place, and King's Cross & Pentonville as the third most dangerous area. Islington's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Hilldrop, Lower Holloway, and Tufnell Park East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Archway East7387520th
Archway West1,236140Sixth
Barnsbury East7467519th
Barnsbury West7778414th
Caledonian Road1,2439513th
Canonbury East & Mildmay Park9558215th
Finsbury Park West1,483143Fourth
Gillespie Road1,208114Ninth
Highbury Fields1,495157Second
Highcroft & Holly Park7517518th
Holloway Nag's Head1,143124Seventh
Islington East & Arlington93510011th
Islington North & Canonbury West1,1139812th
King's Cross & Pentonville1,477151Third
Lower Holloway1,0477222nd
Newington Green7278017th
Old Street & St Luke's1,704140Fifth
Tufnell Park East6437421st

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 (286)Archway West (769)
Bicycle TheftCaledonian Road (23)Highbury Fields (125)
BurglaryHilldrop (39)Clerkenwell (214)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBarnsbury East (37)Archway West (84)
DrugsTufnell Park East (22)King's Cross & Pentonville (109)
Other CrimeNewington Green (3)Hilldrop (16)
Other TheftTufnell Park East (40)King's Cross & Pentonville (268)
Possession of WeaponsBarnsbury East (2)King's Cross & Pentonville (18)
Public OrderNewington Green (35)Angel (172)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Archway East (13)Angel (97)
ShopliftingHighbury (1)Angel (310)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hilldrop (17)Finsbury Park West (282)
Vehicle CrimeLower Holloway (81)Tufnell Park East (125)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTufnell Park East (165)Archway West (373)

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.

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%
Criminal Damage and Arson+5%-23%-2%-2%+8%+22%+15%-20%+2%+11%
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%
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 5 most dangerous cities 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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021