Islington Crime Overview

Islington is among the top 5 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Islington in 2020 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 19% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Islington ranks as the among the top 10 most dangerous city, and the the 397th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Islington had the worst crime rate in London for theft from the person, with 73 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Islington are violence and sexual offences, with 5,988 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 19% lower than 2019's figure of 7,135 offences and a difference of 4.73 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Islington's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 164 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 43% from 2019's figure of 234 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Islington This Year

 IslingtonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,81352.84386,65143.1418% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,3955.7523,0182.5755% more dangerous
Burglary1,9708.1256,3306.2923% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,3485.5647,5635.314.5% more dangerous
Drugs1,4125.8249,0295.476% more dangerous
Other Crime2220.929,5341.0615% safer
Other Theft2,80711.5877,7838.6825% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1640.685,6020.637% more dangerous
Public Order1,9398.0052,2705.8327% more dangerous
Robbery1,1114.5825,4802.8438% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0274.2432,9053.6713% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2,3979.8931,8293.5564% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,3669.7699,97811.1614% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,98824.70211,94323.654.3% more dangerous

Islington Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tower Hamlets28,51487.8013% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham17,11592.448% safer
Southwark29,61492.887% safer
Haringey25,57195.184.6% safer
Hackney27,34597.272.4% safer
Islington24,14699.58-
Kensington and Chelsea16,253104.104.3% more dangerous
Camden28,903107.047% more dangerous
Westminster43,733167.3640% more dangerous
City of London5,401555.6082% more dangerous

Islington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29273253Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.94.94.06Getting worse
Burglary1011118Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs5556Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.21.10.92Safer
Other Theft16172112Safer
Possession of Weapons0.920.910.970.68Safer
Public Order7888Getting worse
Robbery7674.6Safer
Shoplifting7664.2Safer
Theft From the Person26141610Safer
Vehicle Crime12121210Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29312925Safer

Comparing Islington to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5039% safer
Sheffield73.9935% safer
Kirklees74.2334% safer
Croydon77.1829% safer
Bradford79.1926% safer
London80.7023% safer
Birmingham89.0212% safer
Bristol91.579% safer
Leeds91.908% safer
Islington99.58-
Leicester102.512.9% more dangerous
Liverpool105.946% more dangerous

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 May, when Islington saw a 202% 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. Islington saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+25%+201%+202%+102%+56%+50%+44%+59%+88%
Bicycle Theft+65%-14%+30%+56%+36%+161%+89%+54%+91%
Burglary-25%-29%-19%-9%-29%-3%-12%-28%-5%
Criminal Damage and Arson--21%-3%-6%+13%+27%+21%-19%-2%
Drugs+3%+48%+63%+45%+7%-9%-2%+3%-6%
Other Crime-23%-22%-38%-10%-55%+20%+62%-15%-17%
Other Theft-37%-74%-73%-57%-46%-25%-20%-32%-53%
Possession of Weapons-42%-39%-5%-50%-61%-48%-15%+7%+64%
Public Order-20%-23%-6%+21%+8%+78%+30%+17%-3%
Robbery-17%-71%-62%-50%-52%-24%+1%-31%-50%
Shoplifting-44%-60%-48%-34%-11%-15%+5%-18%-37%
Theft From the Person-2%-82%-78%-74%-61%-38%-9%-35%-29%
Vehicle Crime-28%-43%-28%+1%+9%+19%-18%-25%-6%
Violence and Sexual Offences-25%-26%-18%-6%-6%+22%+9%-20%-21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Islington

What police force serves Islington?
Islington's local territorial police force is the City of London Police.
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: 01 Mar 2021