Kensington and Chelsea Crime Overview

Kensington and Chelsea is among the top 5 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Kensington and Chelsea in 2020 was 104 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Kensington and Chelsea ranks as the among the top 10 most dangerous city, and the the 350th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2018, Kensington and Chelsea had the worst crime rate in London for drugs, with 392 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2015 was also a bad month for Kensington and Chelsea residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 30 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Kensington and Chelsea are violence and sexual offences, with 3,843 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 16% lower than 2019's figure of 4,463 offences and a difference of 3.98 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Kensington and Chelsea's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 116 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 8% from 2019's figure of 125 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Kensington and Chelsea This Year

 Kensington and ChelseaLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8,08951.81386,65143.1417% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft7164.5923,0182.5744% more dangerous
Burglary1,4719.4256,3306.2933% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7965.1047,5635.314.1% safer
Drugs9506.0849,0295.4710% more dangerous
Other Crime1540.999,5341.067% safer
Other Theft2,48515.9277,7838.6845% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1160.745,6020.6315% more dangerous
Public Order1,1147.1452,2705.8318% more dangerous
Robbery5523.5425,4802.8420% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0266.5732,9053.6744% more dangerous
Theft From the Person7945.0931,8293.5530% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,23614.3299,97811.1622% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,84324.61211,94323.653.9% more dangerous

Kensington and Chelsea Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hammersmith and Fulham17,11592.4413% safer
Southwark29,61492.8812% safer
Haringey25,57195.189% safer
Hackney27,34597.277% safer
Islington24,14699.584.5% safer
Kensington and Chelsea16,253104.10-
Camden28,903107.042.7% more dangerous
Westminster43,733167.3638% more dangerous
City of London5,401555.6081% more dangerous

Kensington and Chelsea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31293252Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.33.43.94.6Getting worse
Burglary1113149Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7765Safer
Drugs9986Safer
Other Crime1.61.30.950.99Safer
Other Theft22243016Safer
Possession of Weapons0.930.980.800.74Safer
Public Order7887Safer
Robbery4.14.563.5Safer
Shoplifting1110117Safer
Theft From the Person810135Safer
Vehicle Crime20182214Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26292925Safer

Comparing Kensington and Chelsea to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5046% safer
Sheffield73.9941% safer
Kirklees74.2340% safer
Croydon77.1835% safer
Bradford79.1931% safer
London80.7029% safer
Birmingham89.0217% safer
Bristol91.5714% safer
Leeds91.9013% safer
Leicester102.511.6% safer
Kensington and Chelsea104.10-
Liverpool105.941.7% more dangerous

Crime in Kensington and Chelsea During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Kensington and Chelsea change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Kensington and Chelsea saw a 155% increase in anti-social behaviour. Kensington and Chelsea saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 91% compared to May in 2019. Kensington and Chelsea saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, shoplifting, theft from the person, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-3%+155%+145%+110%+38%+47%+80%+98%+89%
Bicycle Theft-40%+2%+3%+9%+58%+43%+73%+85%+30%
Burglary-8%-44%-42%-49%-23%-29%-30%-31%-42%
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%-49%-26%-28%+21%+15%+28%+23%-8%
Drugs-40%+27%+84%+48%+29%-80%-48%+3%+3%
Other Crime+15%-43%+55%+44%-+33%+111%+70%+36%
Other Theft-40%-81%-73%-67%-53%-32%-18%-20%-65%
Possession of Weapons+60%-30%-18%+71%+29%-58%-27%-+71%
Public Order-28%-23%-8%-11%+9%+12%-2%+19%-13%
Robbery+8%-76%-54%-67%-44%-46%-29%-44%-62%
Shoplifting-19%-77%-73%-45%-20%-46%-10%-20%-69%
Theft From the Person-40%-86%-91%-89%-76%-77%-44%-56%-73%
Vehicle Crime-31%-71%-75%-50%+11%+3%+14%-22%-44%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-15%-13%-3%-2%-22%-2%-14%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Kensington and Chelsea

What police force serves Kensington and Chelsea?
Kensington and Chelsea's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Kensington and Chelsea?
Kensington and Chelsea is among the top 5 most dangerous cities in London.
What is Kensington and Chelsea's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Kensington and Chelsea are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Kensington and Chelsea?
Kensington and Chelsea's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021